McCallum sells frozen treats around Brussels with 'Ice Lolly Trolley'
BY DENNY SCOTT
Kaleigh McCallum was looking for a unique and exciting summer job this year, and found it with a ice cream tricycle, allowing her to peddle cool treats throughout her community.
“I really didn’t want to babysit or cut the grass, so I came up with another idea,” the 13-year-old Brussels resident told The Citizen in an interview.
The result was buying an ice cream tricycle and starting her business: The Neighbourhood Ice Lolly Trolley.
Kaleigh’s mother Crystal said that, after some research, she and Kaleigh anticipated being able to sell at local events and outdoor sports events, though with COVID-19 sidelining some of those activities, Kaleigh has focused on cycling around the community during the early evening on weeknights and throughout the day on the weekends.
“I sell ice cream treats, like Drumsticks, ice cream sandwiches, Popsicles, Fudgesicles and that kind of stuff,” Kaleigh said. “And Freezies as well.”
She said her business has had a positive run so far, having started a trial run last weekend.
“We had a really good response from the community,” Kaleigh said. “There were lots of people looking for cool treats.”
Kaleigh said she plans on operating the business throughout the summer, and possibly into September if there is demand, or if baseball games are still going. Crystal said her daughter is also looking forward to next year when events like the Farmers’ Market start back up, as well as opportunities like the village’s planned homecoming weekend.
Based on her first experiences, Kaleigh has a route that she worked out with her family which is detailed on her business’ Facebook page.
Crystal explained that the tricycle was sold by a Canadian company, but had to be ordered from the United States, and once it arrived, local creative graphic designer Heather Logan, who runs her business h creates, designed the imagery for the bike and the business.
As far as learning the ropes of the business, Kaleigh said she’s had some learning experiences with operating the ice cream tricycle, saying it runs differently than her own bike.
“It’s difficult to turn and get stopped, and it takes some muscles to get going,” she said.
Crystal said, while that’s true, the mobile business can really pick up speed on inclines.
Kaleigh said she plans on operating the business for a number of years, and she might hand it down to her sister after that.
For more information, look for The Neighbourhood Ice Lolly Trolley on Facebook.