When Lincoln and Maureen Wray moved from England to the United States, they made a career change.
Across the pond, Maureen was a schoolteacher and Lincoln owned an auto shop — now the pair sell shaved ice from a Kona Ice food truck that is decked out in tropical-themed decorations and music.
“We wanted to do something different, and this is different,” said Maureen Wray, who opened a Kona Ice truck franchise and has been operating for about five months.
She said that what attracted the couple to the Kona Ice franchise was the company’s community business model.
“We are Christians, we want to help the community,” Lincoln said. “I guess it’s part of our DNA.”
The truck can be rented for fundraising events for entities such as schools, church events and day-care centers. Roughly 20 percent of the profits go back into the organization that rented the truck.
They also liked the unique style of the truck.
Crystal Pitts, director of the Miami Gardens Infant and Preschool Centre, said the truck has stopped by the school several times and used a percentage of truck sales to purchase crayons, markers and books for the school.
“I would recommend it,” Pitts said.
She said the children enjoyed how Kona Ice allows patrons to customize their shaved ice by adding their own flavoring.
Customers can pick from traditional flavors such as cherry and grape, and exotic flavors such as “tiger’s blood,” which is a deep red-colored, fruit-flavored topping.
Pitts, a purist, eats hers without any toppings.
“It’s delicious,” said Pitts, raving about the ice used. “You bite into it, and it melts in your mouth.”
To book the Wrays’ Kona Ice truck for an event, call 786-657-6308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.