By SCOTT CHERRY, World Scene Writer
Some unedited Facebook entries for Josh’s Sno Shack:
“Josh’s … there is no substitute. The Porsche of Snowcones.”
“u guys are awsome.”
“I go like everyday.”
“im from england and i come here every year on vacation … almost every day!! they are great!!”
Josh’s Sno Shack flavors have their fans, too.
“pizzaz, thunderbolt, happy camper are the best.”
“Wild Thing is AMAZZZZING!!!!!!”
“OMG GO WEDDING CAKE AND JOSH’S SURPRISE.”
“Ocean Pacific is the best.”
“Peachy King is the best.”
On and on it goes as fans — mostly teens, it seems — sing the praises of Josh’s Sno Shack, which lists almost 1,400 members on its Facebook page.
It’s something of a snow cone phenomena how Josh’s Sno Shack has developed such a loyal following at its three Tulsa locations.
It was started in 2005 by Josh Juarez as a means to help pay for his college education.
“I had worked for a man who owned a snow cone place, and when he retired, I thought it was something I could do while going to school,” Juarez said.
“My wife (Angie) and I just had a baby, and now the snow-cone shacks are my main income while I get my MBA degree.”
As we sat in sweltering heat at a picnic table in front of his 91st Street and Memorial Drive location, family after family and groups of young people steadily lined up for one of Josh’s sweet creations with shaved ice and syrup.
Most choose among the 50 or so preset flavor combinations, and, as noted above, many stay true to their favorite.
I just had to try a Josh’s Surprise, which sports a secret recipe. It had a ripe melon flavor that I found perfectly refreshing on such a hot day.
Juarez said he thinks customers like his snow cones because of the “soft” texture of the shaved ice, the many flavors available and the friendly personalities of his employees.
“We have about 65 flavors to choose from, so you could have thousands of different combinations,” he said.
Prices are $1 small, $2.50 medium and $3.50 large. Josh’s Sno Shacks are open from late April to mid-October, depending on the weather.
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