Monday, March 31, 2008

How long is the average shaved ice or snow cone season?

Since shaved ice and snow conesk tend to sell better in warmer climates, the season for each part of the United States will be different.

Many stands throughout the southern portion of the United States will generally be open from March to October. With mild winters and warm summers, states like Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona are great for lengthy shaved ice seasons. In fact, in some places, shaved ice and snow cone businesses stay open year round because of mild winters.

In the mid to upper part of the United States, shaved ice businesses are generally open from April to October. The farther north you go, the shorter the season. However, as with almost any rule, there are exceptions. After a little experience in the business, you will have a better understanding of your area.

There will be a couple of things that you will need to keep in mind to help you deciding on the length of your shaved ice or snow cone season. First of all, take a look to see when the other shaved ice businesses, if any, in your area open. We suggest opening around the same time, if not sooner than your competition. We have found that after a long winter’s break, customers from previous seasons are always eager to celebrate spring with their first shaved ice purchase. The first three to four weeks of our season tends to always be the busiest because of this reason.

In early spring, some businesses may begin to open only on weekends. After a few weeks, or until warmer weather sets in, these shaved ice or snow cone businesses often begin to open daily. This again will be up to you and your geographic area.

Many shaved ice and snow cone businesses plan their season around school schedules too. Because the majority of their customers are children, this is an important factor to consider. Generally speaking, it's best to look at other seasonal businesses in your area and see when they open and how long their season runs.

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