Brain freeze

Coach Castle finds way to beat summer heat

Jacobie Gross , Staff Writer

In the blistering heat of August, Degorian Castle manages to keep his cool even though he has a job that puts him out in the heat. 

Castle,  U.S. government teacher and JV basketball coach, owns a snow cone business. He enjoys selling snow cones to the community and seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they cool themselves on the hot summer day, whether it’s an event he’s been invited to or a regular day when he’s set up in a spot.

Originally when he started his snow cone business in 2012, he wanted to make extra money in the summer. He had the idea for about two years before they opened.  Actually, they  started with a stand. He had the stand for about five years, then added the truck.

“I got the truck because many customers wanted me to come do private parties and work events,” Castle said. 

“We have done many events with different cities in the area – Rowlett, Mesquite, Balch Springs and Carrollton,” Castle said.

For three years, he operated both the stand and the truck before he decided to sell the stand last year and keep the truck because the truck gave him both options of a set location and  able to keep doing events.

 During his first couple of years at West, his challenge was actually figuring out what he was going to do to make extra money. 

Eventually he came up with selling snow cones. 

Another challenge was finding a location to set up his truck.

His business is open Thursday through Sunday in the summertime. He sells small snow cones for $3 and large ones for $5. He decided on the two sizes due to the lack of storage.

Sometimes during events he is part of, he discounts for West Mesquite people.His wife and other employees work with him from time to time.

The business is not typical. Sure, he sells cherry, lime and strawberry but he also has some unique ones like dill pickle, margarita and Tiger Blood (strawberry and coconut).

The most frequent order is Tropical Paradise (virgin pina colada).

Castle sees pros and cons to the business. 

He explained the pros.

“It keeps you cool during the hot weather and is a great summer time business,”

The negative is part of the positive. 

It’s only a summertime business – “the limited time you sell snow cones,” he said.

Overall, Castle likes what he is doing and wants to continue to sell snowcones to the community until he hits 10 years of owning his business. At that point, he’ll make a decision whether to keep on keeping on or to sell the business for a profit.