By Theanna Hegge
When a Saint John's University's entrepreneurial student Josh Weinzettel decided to launch a business venture, he sought to open an ice cream shop in his hometown of Hastings.
The pieces fell into place as Josh hired staff, advertised, and with a little help from his parents, opened Schoolhouse Scoop in Schoolhouse Square.
Josh is happy to continue the tradition of a dipping ice cream store in Hastings, and has already seen a positive response from the community.
"We used to take the kids to Grand Ole Creamery on their last day of school," customer Joan Endres said. "We are so glad that we can still take them to an ice cream shop this year."
Schoolhouse Scoop features flavors ranging from "Elephant Tracks" to "Pirate's Booty." The store also offers free sprinkles, and an "extra-credit scoop," a mini scoop of any flavor on top, similar to the "Izzy Scoop."
Josh is enthusiastic about the work atmosphere, saying his employees were chosen for their "fun, energetic, and crazy personalities." The staff consists entirely of Hastings High School students and graduates, many who otherwise might not have a summer job this year.
As a 21-year-old manager of his own business, Josh has seen the power of word of mouth, turning ideas into reality, and connecting with his community.
"A woman came in and told me that she went to school on this site 50 years ago," he said. "I've really enjoyed meeting the customers and hearing their stories."
Schoolhouse Scoop is located in the old Grand Ole Creamery location, 919 Vermillion Street, in Schoolhouse Square. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is 480-8400.
Josh and his staff also have a stand at the Hastings Cruise-In car shows.