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Meet Tony Chanthavong of Snoh Ice Shavery in Central Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Chanthavong.

Tony, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Phoenix is known to be the hottest cities in the U.S. during summers. Temps can hit 120 degrees and with that type of weather, people here are always looking for ways to stay cool. Shaved snow ice concept is from the streets of Taiwan. It gradually made its way to the states years’ back first hitting California, and in early 2012 the idea popped up that this dessert would do great here in AZ especially in the summers. Idea sprouted in to a plan, goal, and reality.

Since Snoh has opened, I rely a lot of local community support, with that and marketing, collaborating and connecting with the people of the city, we became very well known locally and in other states. We now have 2 stores, been on TV a handful of times, won a couple plaques for best desserts, and plan to open a 3rd location in 2018. 🙂

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Smooth enough to still stay in the driver seat driving, but with that road came with sharp turns, bumps, spin outs. The restaurant business in general is never an easy task. Challenges to keep the business afloat is always in the top list in this line of work. Struggles will always challenge you, teammates, management, consistency of product, marketing, follow trends, overhead costs, customers’ services… All challenges, but I wouldn’t really say struggle.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Snoh Ice Shavery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Snoh Ice Shavery is known for specializing in an Asian dessert called Shaved Snow that originated from Taiwan. We also served fun boba tea drinks, and pop-up specials on our menu. Creating our own recipe is one of our products things. We can create just about any flavor with our in house formula. What sets apart is we bridge Asian dessert with an American appeal and style.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
More stores. More production. More Snoh’s nationwide. More amazing flavors and more creative ways on how we can offer our dessert.

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