Just in time for the sweltering hot days of Missouri summer, a great way to beat the heat has opened up on the south side of Grain Valley. Tropical Sno is Grain Valley’s newest shaved ice shop located at 1400 SW Eagles Parkway.
Tropical Sno is owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Jon and Angela Cook. The Cooks are both educators, teaching at William Chrisman High School.
Cook says of the business, “this is a new thing for us, since my husband and I are both teachers we have the summers off which is prime for a business like this.”
The couple moved to Grain Valley from southeast Kansas just over a year ago, and after realizing Grain Valley does not have its own shaved ice store, they decided this was the perfect place to open their own store.
They hope they can expand the business and join the other local stores and restaurants downtown for First Fridays and Food Truck Fridays.
“For right now, we are just a physical location,” says Cook, “we hope to get a mobile trailer in the future and will definitely want to go down to First Fridays and Food Truck Fridays.”
Tropical Sno offers just about any flavor sno-cone customers could dream of for build-your-own sno-cones as well as a menu of sno-cone options. They also offer a special style of sno-cone called “Hawaiian Style” which Cook explained is a normal sno-cone with a scoop of ice cream added at the bottom and cream drizzled on top.
Tropical Sno’s summer hours are 12-9pm Monday-Saturday and 1-7pm on Sundays. Their hours will be altered slightly when school starts again in the fall.
The Cooks say they are excited for their new business and they’re ready for everyone in Grain Valley to come out and try Tropical Sno.
Jon and Angela Cook (Angela Cook pictured top photo) have opened Tropical Sno at 1400 SW Eagles Parkway. Tropical Sno’s summer hours are 12-9pm Monday-Saturday and 1-7pm on Sundays. Photo credit: Cole Arndorfer