One night at the dinner table Jack began picking his father’s brain about potential businesses ventures. Jack’s dad shared the story of his friend’s son, who had launched an ice cream truck in Arizona (thank you Paul). With this concept in his head, Jack researched whether Los Angeles had kakigori (Japanese shaved ice), which he ate regularly while in Japan during the summer of 2014. Surprised by a serious lack of Kakigori offerings on the market, the concept of a roaming truck dedicated to Japanese inspired shaved ice was born! Devoting a chunk of his savings accumulated over seventeen years of birthdays and holidays, Jack assembled a proposal, ultimately convincing family members to lend him the balance of the startup capital required to launch his idea. The next step was recruiting a team. Ari, a nineteen-year-old friend attending Reed College, immediately jumped in bringing her creative talents to menu design, truck graphics, and a social media campaign. Next on board came Peter, a seventeen-year-old friend of Jack’s and an aspiring filmmaker, who is chronicling the journey of Kakigori Kreamery through video documentation. Finally, Jack sought out family friends, Marie and Dana, who through their extensive contacts in the restaurant business provided the three teens an education on what it takes to run a food truck. The team has quickly and whole-heartedly leaped into learning about food service, as well as all other aspects of starting a business (incorporating a company, procuring insurance, following labor laws, negotiating the purchase of a used truck, and following Los Angeles and Orange County Health Department codes). A seriously special thank you goes out to the owners and employees of Coolhaus, who allowed the Kakigori Kreamery team to pick their brains and get some on-the-road experience interning on their truck. It took a village of truly motivated and passionate people all pitching in to launch Kakigori Kreamery and we are so proud of our creation!
Dōzo omeshiagarikudasai (どうぞお召し上がりください)
– Enjoy Your Meal,
Jack, Ari and Peter