What can be better than an icy treat or ice cream on a hot day after a dip in the pool?
Local swimmers will have access to such treats this swim season and can expect to find a new concession trailer on the grounds by the pool on opening day, June 11.
Ohana Shack will be offering hard ice cream, shaved ice, some cotton candy periodically, and some bottled beverages. With their shaved ice, they have a traditional, Hawaiian way to serve it, which includes a scoop of ice cream on the bottom, shaved ice on the top, flavoring on top with sweetened condensed cream to top it off.
"We really want to stick with the traditional, tropical ways of cooling off," commented co-owner Bonny Gordon.
Bonny was previously the event coordinator for The Tap House in Redmond. The Ohana Shack is a second-year business and was previously set up in Deschutes County. The previous owners were ready to move on to managing a nonprofit, and Bonny indicated that her family jumped at the opportunity. Bonny and David Gordon purchased Ohana Shack last month.
"It will be a mother-daughter and father-daughter kind of business," she said.
Their 11-year-old daughter, Payton, will be helping with the family business.
"We are trying to make it so that we are able to educate our kids on the importance of business but knowing that family is everything. I come from a history of family businesses, and so it's really important for my kids to grow up with the same memories and education that small family business brings to them," Bonny pointed out.
Her parents own BTL Liners—Geomembrane Liners, Covers and Tarps, and she grew up working there as a youth.
"I grew up there, and all of my memories of learning how to work in family businesses and entrepreneurship all stemmed from there."
The Ohana Shack will be partnering with Crook County Parks and Recreation and will be set up by the Prineville Public Swimming Pool.
"Partnering with Parks and Recreation is pretty awesome. We really wanted to embed ourselves into the community," said Bonny of their desire to get involved in the Prineville community.
"We are looking forward to having Ohana Shack at the pool this year," said Duane Garner, executive director for Crook County Parks and Recreation District. "A couple of months ago, Bonny approached us about wanting to set up her trailer somewhere close to the Splash Pad."
Garner indicated that setting up near the Splash Pad would work for a short-term event, but she could not park on the street all summer.
"After meeting and talking about what options were out there, we settled on renting her space at the pool," added Garner. "In past years, we have sold pre-packaged ice cream and candy at the pool, but it is always a little bit of a hassle for the lifeguards. We are excited to have Ohana Shack there this summer, and we believe that they will provide top-quality products. I think it is a win-win for everyone."
Last Thursday, Ohana Shack donated products to the field day for High Desert Christian Academy. They did their soft opening this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday. They will also be set up this coming weekend, June 5-6. One dollar of each item sold was donated to local charities last weekend and will be again this coming weekend.
"That is my husband's and my passion—which is just giving back."
Owners: Bonny and David Gordon
Summer location: Prineville Public Pool area
Soft opening: June 5-6, noon-8 p.m.
Open full-time from June 11
Wednesday through Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
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