Young Entrepreneur Expands Ice Cream Stand Success – Smithers Interior News


As a summer job for young people, what could be better than working in an ice cream shop.

For Ana Stavast, however, it goes way beyond that. As the operator of the Frozen North ice cream stand this summer, Stavast is responsible for its inventory, staff, payroll, regular working hours and the one-to-one relationships the company has with its customers.

This role gave him a broader perspective on the challenges of running a business.

Frozen North is owned by the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, which each year hires a young budding entrepreneur to make it theirs for the summer.

Stavast rose to the challenge. Listening to customers and others, Ana added Bubble Tea to the Frozen North product line this year.

It was a big success, initially selling all of the stock in just over a few days. To take advantage of the demand, she immediately ordered more inventory to better serve the local market.

She said the sunny and warm weather makes ice cream lovers stand out, but when it’s cooler and cloudier, Bubble Tea is the most popular item.

Stavast is no stranger to entrepreneurial businesses. A few years ago, she launched her own line of “Lychak Acres Lip Balm” lip balm. She operates as part of the Lychak Acres family business and makes the product at home using residual honeycombs from her parents’ beehives.

When lip balm became popular at Smithers, she approached Nadina Community Futures to grow the business. With the help of a microcredit, she was able to purchase equipment and supplies which also enabled her to supply Terrace, Telkwa Houston and Burns Lake.

“We love to see youth businesses succeed, and this young woman has proven to be a major success in the community,” said Community Futures.

– With files from Grant Harris


Bobbie Gamms receives a favorite treat from the Frozen North ice cream stand on July 23. (Photo Grant Harris)


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