By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – This Sunday, August 18th, the only Shave Ice shop in the beach, Snow Social located at 229 9th Street, will offer free shave ice for everyone from 12PM until 5PM. The event will be their introduction to the community, as they just opened three months ago, and include music, games and photo booths.
The owner of Snow Social, Akyah Atkinson, founded the shop after being medically retired from the Coast Guard. She quickly realized that no other place offered her favorite dessert on the beach, and decided to open Snow Social.
She says, “Snow Social is a special gem in the community; it’s black-, female-, and veteran-owned and its the only shave ice shop in Miami Beach.” Adding, “[It’s also] a vegan friendly business! Our products are gluten free, fat free, wheat free, nut free, dairy free, and they contain no high fructose corn syrup, no GMO’s, and no lactose.”
For those that have not tried shaved ice, people often say it looks similar to a carnival snow cone, but it’s not crunchy at all. The texture of finely shaved ice is soft like winter snow, coated with fruity syrup flavors, then garnished with toppings. It’s cold like ice cream, sherbert, gelato, and frozen yogurt, but without being dairy-based.
Atkinson chose to this particular day right before schools starts for ‘Free Shave Ice Day’, because, “Growing up, Sundays meant family day, so the goal is to give the families in the community a nice hangout experience and a cool free treat to bring in the new school year.”
She excitedly explained more about Snow Social, “We have over thirty refreshing flavors, seven toppings, and an awesome favorites combinations menu! Our top selling combination is Rainbow: Blue Raspberry, pineapple and strawberry.”
“We also have ten plus boards and card games, a photo booth with props, great music, and indoor and outdoor seating available for our customers while they enjoy their shave ice cream, and its only a 4-5 minute walk from the beach!”
The Snow Social experience is a true delight, and this Sunday guests will be able to get a taste of it and enjoy one free treat per customer during the day.
There will be more “Free Shave Ice” events in the upcoming months, follow @eatsnowsocial for more information. The shop is open from 12 Noon to 9PM every day but Tuesday, when they are closed.