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Old 10-19-2010, 12:54 AM
 
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Wondering your opinion on whether or not people would enjoy Italian Ice here? I'm from NJ and grew up enjoying all types of Italian ice. Thinking of starting a little business selling it at sporting events, fairs, etc. but not sure if it would go over well here? Thanks for your input.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:14 AM
 
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Might do well around Gulf Shores/Foley area especially during the summer. It is pretty slow though in the winter.

Fairhope has a lot of neat little shops in town that seem to do well even in winter.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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We used to own a miniature golf couse with an ice cream parlor. We put in a used Italian ice machine because my husband had tried it in Atlanta, liked it and thought it would go well in North Alabama.

We gave away free samples, and people did like it. But they just didn't know enough about it. The company selling us product didn't have any posters or artwork they would give OR sell us.

Maybe if there was a chain like Baskin-Robbins that did a big national ad campaign....but we didn't have the money for that. After 3 years, we sold the machine and were glad not to have to clean it out every night!

The competition is not only ice cream, but the sno-ball (AKA shaved ice) places that are very popular around here. I know - they're just glorified sno-cones. But everybody knows what they are.

Good luck to you! It should go well here, with as hot and humid as it is with the long number of hot days. But be prepared to educate your customers!
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I know a few people that buy the Luigi's kind from the grocery store.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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How about gelato as well? Love it. It's hard to find different types of cuisine down here. People in Alabama are generally skeptical of new things, especially if it has anything close to a foreign sounding name. Maybe you could change the Italian Ice name to something people could relate to down here like pickup trucks, country music, fried food, fooball, etc.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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It will do well it sales out at the University of South Alabama football games !!!! Also during the summer when they have family day at the park(Bienviell park) they usually have differnt vindors and from what I saw the Italian ice vendor did pretty well.....So yes it would do good in both Eastern Shore and Mobile.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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How about gelato as well? Love it. It's hard to find different types of cuisine down here. People in Alabama are generally skeptical of new things, especially if it has anything close to a foreign sounding name. Maybe you could change the Italian Ice name to something people could relate to down here like pickup trucks, country music, fried food, fooball, etc.

LOL......I like gelato as well man they sale it at Serdas cafe downtown on Royal Street mmmmmm.Im heading there now.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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It's hard to find different types of cuisine down here. People in Alabama are generally skeptical of new things, especially if it has anything close to a foreign sounding name. Maybe you could change the Italian Ice name to something people could relate to down here like pickup trucks, country music, fried food, fooball, etc.
I think you're exaggerating a bit.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:14 AM
 
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I think Seaside/Sea Grove Beach in the Florida Panhandle would be the ideal place for that kind of business. From late May through Labor Day you have legions of well-heeled people with money to burn. So basically you would work six months a year working like a dog and spend the other six fishing.
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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I think you're exaggerating a bit.
You are correct.
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