Hot start to Yamba's new ice cream business
THE owners of Yamba's new ice cream shop are selling their product as fast as they can make it.
Robbie Hill is one of the three owners of family business Yamba Icecreamery. He said they were making and selling 120 litres of ice cream a day.
Mr Hill said his mother, Janet Vassallo, and his sister, Jessica Hill, had been working about 12 hours a day since the business opened more than a week ago.
He said the school holidays plus the recent spell of hot weather had combined for a perfect storm of sales for the fledgling business.
Mr Hill said his mother had been looking to set up an ice cream business in Yamba for several years.
"We were looking for a good shop to become available and when this came along and a few other things fell into place we went for it," he said.
And the trio has been going for it ever since, starting at 7.30am for 10am opening and shutting the doors at 10.30pm.
"We get in early and make the sorbets for the day," Mr Hill said.
"And we'll be cooking right up to 10.30pm to make sure we've got product for the next day."
While vanilla and chocolate continue to be strong sellers, other flavours rotate for top billing.
"During the school holidays bubblegum is really popular with the kids," he said.
"But it's hard to predict what's going to be most popular flavour."
The shop's display unit contains 12 five-litre tubs, which are emptying twice a day.
That's 120 litres of ice cream made and sold on the premises each day.