Will you help me start a New Orleans-style SnoBall Business?

Submitted on May 16, 2017 by Lauren Elens (Grad ’16)

My name is Lauren Elens, and I am a proud alumni of UVA’s Graduate School of Arts and Scieces (2016, Drama). This summer I am starting a shaved ice business in Richmond, Virginia.
Sara Lou’s New Orleans Style SnoBalls is a completely, self-contained mobile food cart that serves shaved ice desserts, prepared in the same fashion as done in New Orleans, where they are immensely popular and part of the internationally-reknowned foodie culture. As a mobile cart, Sara Lou’s will constantly travel to new locations throughout the Richmond surrounding areas.

Unlike snow cones, New Orleans sno-balls are made from finely shaved ice off of a block as opposed to crushed ice. The result is a fluffy cloud of dreams. Down in New Orleans we also are known to add toppings such as sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream, or marshmallow. It’s not just refreshing, it’s an experience. In addition to more familiar flavors such as strawberry, coconut and blue raspberry, we will offer flavors such as Nectar Crème, Cajun Praline, and Hurricane! Our syrups are made of 100% Cane Sugar.

But I need your help. I know that this will be successful, but I do not have the funds to start this venture entirely on my own. If you are able to contribute, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1343144681/sara-lous-new-orleans-style-sno-balls.

For more information and to follow our progress, you can like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saraloussnoballs. You can also contact me at lauren.elens@gmail.com.

Thank you! If you have any suggestions or specializations to offer that you don’t mind sharing here, please do! I would love all of your input.