A unique kind of ice cream shop will soon open at the location where Hoffman’s Chocolates once stood.
SoFlo Snoballs, a new shaved ice cream store, will open at 705 Lake Avenue in the 2,400-square-foot site.
“It’s a New Orleans tradition and they decided to bring it down here,” said Taylor Castillo, the store manager. “It’s finely shaved ice, but it’s not a snow cone. We stuff the ice cream with a saucer.”
The store offers a host of flavors, from passion fruit to wine cooler to bubblegum, with costs ranging from $3.50 for a mini to $6.50 for a large.
“This is different from what’s around here,” said Castillo, 24.
The business is owned by Alvaro Castillo, Taylor’s dad, and Bill Thomas.
Taylor Castillo said the store will have a grand opening in about a month or so.
The space is pretty bare right now, but Castillo said that will change when a doughnut counter and more tables and chairs are brought in. Plus, they’ll fill the wall with candy ordered from Nassau.
The space has seen more than $200,000 in upgrades, including new floors, windows, doors, plumbing and air conditioning.
The site has been empty since Hoffman’s Chocolates closed in December.
Castillo, a former biology major at Indian River State College, lives in Port St. Lucie but will make the daily drive to Lake Worth each day for work.
She said her father and Thomas initially looked for a space in Port St. Lucie. But “they like this location because it’s near the beach,” she said.
Castillo said this is her first entrepreneurial venture.
“It’s been hard, especially with all the licenses you need to get,” she said. “But they really got me into it. It’s been tough, but interesting and I like it.”
The store opens at noon and closes around 8 p.m.
“It feels really good to be here,” Taylor Castillo said.