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James’ Sweet Visions For Buffalo

I was planning on writing a quick ‘Into to spring’ post since I spotted James Karagiannis and his Ice Creamcycle cruising around the West Side the other day. But we’re looking at some storm clouds and light flurries, so I figured that I would update BRO readers about this young entrepreneur’s latest dreams and directions. I caught up with James moments ago and asked him about a few of his sweet plans.

“The first day I went out on the Ice Creamcycle I could still see my
breath – the other two days were much nicer and I sold out of everything. I’ve been
going around Hertel/Colvin a bit, but the best neighborhood is between
Grant and Niagara – that’s the most lucrative area for me. The few days that
I’ve gone out I’ve sold out. There are so many people over there –
that’s the new hot spot. The business has become so successful that in order to grow I really need to find some central locations to
store my bike around the Richmond/Ashland area (if anyone can help). It would also be nice to have a fridge somewhere in the area so that I could stock up without having to ride home. It’s all part of a bigger plan – I
think I’m going to start making my own ice cream. That way I
can sell to some local stores throughout the year – eventually I would like
to open up an ice cream salon in the city… maybe something that could
be franchise-able. At this point, I’m working with the Small Business
Development Center at Buffalo State College to develop the plan.

“This summer I am planning on organizing an ice cream festival – it’s going to be during the Buffalo Homecoming event. I want to put together an ice cream and dessert festival where all of the ice cream and sweets businesses can join in. It’s tentative at this time – I’ve never put an event together before. I’ve been talking to some local businesses that appear to be interested though. I ultimately envision a big festival in years to come.”

Oh, and nice CityLove t-shirt James!

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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