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Cool Treats Served Up In Style
It's small but it gets the job done ... the Sno Shack is open for business, occupying a space in the Escalon Center parking lot on Jackson Avenue. The shack serves up sno cones and owner Alyssa Hagan said she felt it was something the community needed during the hot summer months.

"It was just the hot weather and the fact that Escalon didn't have one," she said of jumping into the business venture of owning and operating a Sno Shack. "I grew up in a small town, in Newman, and we had one."

Selecting the Jackson Avenue site because of its high traffic volume, Hagan said she made contact with the property owner to see if she could set up shop and also completed all required paperwork with the City of Escalon for the business.

"We have approximately 45 flavors," she said of the sno cones, which can be had for as little as $1.50 for the smallest size and just a couple of dollars more for the largest size.

Flavors run the gamut from the traditional to the unique.

"Probably Tiger's Blood is the most popular," Hagan explained. "Also Wild Cherry and Wedding Cake, it tastes like a yellow cake, that's a good one."

Another option is having your sno cone topped with sno crème, at a slight added cost, for an extra shot of flavor.

"It's sweetened, condensed milk," Hagan explained of the crème. "It's good on the wedding cake."

Cotton candy, pina colada, green apple, pomegranate, watermelon and Mai Tai are a just a few of the flavors featured. Hagan said the 'suicide' flavor - which mixes peach, blueberry and tropical punch - is another one that is proving to be quite popular.

Along with working some shifts in the Sno Shack herself, Hagan does have two employees, Laura Williams and Kasey John who split time in the booth. The small shack has just what it needs to serve up the sno cones, with the ice shaving machine and rows of flavored syrup at the ready.

Hagan said business has remained fairly steady, whether the temperature has soared past 100 or the skies have been overcast.

She purchased the actual shack and will be moving it for just this weekend, moving it to the area of Main Street Park to set up shop there for the Friday and Saturday Park Fete celebration.

Regular business hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.