Biz Buzz: A popular ice cream shop now has a permanent home in Rexburg
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Mobile ice cream parlor opens its first storefront in Rexburg
REXBURG – A newly renovated commercial strip in downtown Rexburg is welcoming a new tenant next week.
Crispy Cones, an ice cream shop that offers fresh batter cones cooked in a rotisserie-style grill, will open Feb. 18 at 163 West Main Street in the space next to Pizza Hut. Owners Jeremy and Kaitlyn Carlson will be celebrating the grand opening of their new store from 5-10 p.m. and they invite you to drop by.
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Kaitlyn says EastIdahoNews.com customers enjoy the restaurant’s homemade cones and soft serve ice cream with all the toppings, which includes three regular flavors and a new specialty flavor each week.
“We also have another cone option. We call it our hot fruit cone, where we take it off the grill and fill it with a spread. Instead of ice cream, we put fresh fruit inside and top it with whipped cream and a sauce,” says Kaitlyn.
Jeremy started Crispy Cones as a seasonal business several years ago while attending Brigham Young University-Idaho. It was in a tent next to Dairy Queen on 2nd East in May 2018. Since 2019 it has been operated from a trailer across the street from the old Wendy’s, which closed in April of the year last. (A new Wendy’s is in the works near Walmart.)
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The idea for the business grew out of Jeremy’s experience as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It served in the Czech Republic, where people served a dessert similar to its cones.
“He was like, ‘I have to bring this to America. This is amazing. People would love this,'” Kaitlyn says. dove into it and went to his aunt’s kitchen in St. Anthony and through trial and error made different combinations of flour and sugar until he perfected his recipe.”
After a year of operation, Jeremy was not completely satisfied with his crafting, and he flew to Europe to do more research and figure out what was missing. He had a product he was proud to call his own when he opened the trailer in 2019.
The couple opened their first storefront in Logan, Utah in May 2020 and after seeing it take off, they decided to open a permanent location in Rexburg. The sign is already up at the store on Main Street.
“We looked for a space in Rexburg and found one that suited us perfectly. We sold our trailer and are thrilled to move into this storefront,” says Kaitlyn.
One thing that made the Rexburg space so appealing to the Carlsons was that it was an empty shell that they could build however they wanted. They are happy to be the first tenants of a 1,500 square foot space sandwiched between two other lots. (The third tenant has not yet been determined).
“We were able to adapt it to our layout, like our Logan location,” says Kaitlyn. “It was really hard to find a place in Rexburg anyway, and so when we came across this one, we were so excited. … It’s right next to campus, near some student housing and across from from Porter Park (so it’s a great location).
Once the Rexburg store is up and running, Jeremy is looking to franchise the business and open additional stores in the United States.
“We mainly like to target college towns… so we’ll probably expand more into those towns to start with. We’ll see how things go, and then we’ll grow as a franchise,” says Kaitlyn.
Crispy Cones will be open Monday through Friday evenings and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
Power company pays $1.5 million to customers
ASHTON — The Ashton-based Fall River Electric Cooperative has paid an additional $1.5 million to customers in the form of an instant homeowner’s rebate. The Fall River board wanted to return current profits, called margins, to all owners of the co-op. These funds will flow back into many local economies in eastern Idaho and southwestern Montana.
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In December, the company paid out $1.7 million to customers through its patronage capital program. Revenues that exceed operating costs in a given year are used to build or maintain infrastructure for customers. After 20 years, it is refunded to the client via the Patronage Capital Payout program. The amount of cash a member receives is based on the amount of electricity they have purchased.
This second payment is for customers who purchased power last year, while the December payments were for co-op members who purchased power between 2000 and early 2004.
TIPS AND TIPS FROM THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
Find a trusted tax professional
Surviving tax season doesn’t have to be a solo mission. Many tax professionals are ready to help you before the April 18 filing deadline. The Better Business Bureau offers these suggestions.
Keep track of credentials and experience.
Do not hesitate to consult some CVs. The tax preparer you choose must be a certified public accountant, tax attorney, or registered agent so that they can represent you with the IRS. Research their reputation in the industry, their years of experience completing the type of return you need to file, and their track record with clients. If their reviews are less than positive, that’s a sign to explore other options.
Find out about fees.
If you choose to hire a tax preparer, there is a cost to their assistance. Make sure you know exactly what fees are associated with their services. Do not agree to anything until you have read the contract carefully and received answers to all your questions about fees. Fees may change or even increase depending on the type of return you are filing.
Ask about their availability.
See if the preparer will be there after you file your taxes. If there are any issues with your return, will they be available to guide you further? For example, what can or will they do in the event of an audit? Yes, you need help now, but you might need it later. Find out if the tax preparer can help with any future needs.
Some tax preparers promise bigger tax returns if you use their services. Don’t buy the hype. If you are guaranteed a higher return, or if the preparer’s commission is based on how much you get back, they may be using less ethical tactics to get you that extra money. These tricks could end up costing you dearly in the long run.
Use BBB as a resource.
Research the company on the BBB website before hiring a tax preparer. BBB.org has individual business profiles showing whether the business is BBB accredited, its letter rating, potential consumer alerts, detailed customer complaints, and information on how the business responds to concerns. This extra step will give you a better idea of the company’s reputation. If there is a problem, you can also file a complaint to get a solution.
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