York family starts cool new business

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
The York family has taking its entrepreneurial spirit into Goessel this summer with the introduction of a shaved-ice business.

Called the Hatsyuki (pronounced hot-see-YOU-key) Hut, the Yorks opened the mobile business a little more than a month ago in the parking lot of the former Sunflower Cafe downtown.

The Hatsyuki Hut offers Hawaiian ice in 20 flavors with exotic names.

“The ‘Tiger’s Blood’ is actually the favorite of the customers, and ‘Pink Lemonade’ was huge the first week especially,” said Kandy York.

In addition to the cold treat, the Hatsyuki Hut offers a few other delicacies, including some from the other family business, The Cookie Plant.

“We have something we came up with that is called the ‘Strawberry Short Cookie,” she added. “It’s a thick sugar cookie with fresh strawberry icing on it and topped with a dab of whipped cream and a slice of fresh strawberry.

“We also have ice-cream sandwiches because we wanted to offer something other than the Hawaiian ice,” York said.

Starting a new business in a small town has its risk, York said.

“We really wanted to be in Goessel, but being in such a small town, we weren’t sure,” she said. “But we have noticed that business is increasing daily.”

After experimenting with different schedules, Yorks have settled on having the Hut open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Although its a family enterprise, daughter Alexis, who will be a senior this fall at Goessel High School, is the primary operator.

Besides having an opportunity to earn some spending money, she said she likes socializing with the variety of people who stop by, especially her friends.

“I enjoy it for the most part, although it is a little hectic at times,” Alexis said.

The Yorks plan to keep the Hut open “until it gets cool,” according to Kandy.

“Whatever Goessel determines they want the business to be open, that’s what we’ll do,” she said.

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