Kona Ice comes to Winters

The Kona Ice Shop crew preparing for their soft opening at the beginning of September. Courtesy photo

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Kona Shaved Ice is a tropical storm of flavor that’s crashed into Main Street. Delicious snow cones, frozen yogurt and good times abound, Winters’ next frozen favorite has certainly come to town.

Growing up visiting family in Winters every Summer, Kona Ice Shop owner Teddy Rojas remembers getting snow cones from the legendary ‘snow cone shack.’ With the absence of shaved ice for so many years, he jumped at the chance to bring it back Winters.

“I’ve always loved the Winters vibe and always wanted to open a business in town. When I heard the yogurt shop was available for purchase, I knew I had to take a shot,” Rojas recalled. “I feel like The Kona Ice Shop will be a perfect addition to a city that cares about community because that is what Kona Ice is all about.”

Beyond giving out delicious flavors of shaved ice, Kona also gives back to the community. That’s why Rojas and company created ‘Wednesdays We Give Back,” which is exclusively for the town of Winters. The Kona Ice Shop partners with a selected local group to FUNdraise and kick back a portions of sales to support them. On Oct. 7 they supported the Winters State Preschool Center. They’ll be giving back to the Winters FFA program on Oct. 14.

As flavorful as it is guilt-free, Kona is also providing health-conscious menu items.

“We’re Smart Snack compliant according to the USDA’s ‘All Foods Sold in Schools’ standards,” Rojas said about their healthier alternatives. “This zero-calorie, zero-sugar, zero-carb Kona is vegan and Kosher-certified. It’s the perfect treat everyone can have because we strive to have something for everyone.”

Even in the midst of a pandemic, Rojas spirits are haven’t dampened in the slightest. In fact, he said it’s only forced them to be quick and creative while remaining compliant to health guidelines.

“We are most excited about bringing ice cream, fun creations and we can welcome people back in for an experience that will ensure we are a must-visit destination shop,” Rojas said with excitement rather than worry. “We’re also excited for the future. As long as Winters will have us, we will be here.”

Although the town will miss the Scoop, Kona Shaved Ice has set up shop at that old location and will carry on the tradition of serving up delicious frozen treats, Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Filled with so many walks of life in the community, it’s only fitting that Winters gets flavors that that match its vibrant community.

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