Places I Love: The Sugar Shack

July 25, 2010

The Sugar Shack -- how did we ever get through Ithaca summer without it?

You may have noticed the tiny yellow wooden hut that popped up on E. State Street this summer — it’s right up the hill from the old Challenge building, and right across the street from the Gateway Commons, and it’s probably the best thing that’s happened to me all year.  It’s called The Sugar Shack, and it is the place where snow cones are made and dreams come true.

Actually, at the Sugar Shack they’re called snowballs or shaved ice, but it doesn’t matter.  This is a small establishment that serves nothing but my very favorite year-round delectable treat.  (Seriously, I LOVE snow cones. I love them so much that sometimes when I’m sitting on the couch with my husband and we’re talking about something relevant to our current lives, I find myself staring off into space, dreamily muttering things like, “Hey … remember that snow cone I had that time four years ago in Port Isabel, Texas?  That was a really good snow cone.  I miss that snow cone.”)

Turns out, the apple doesn’t fall far from the not-at-all-genetically-connected tree, and my sweet-toothed kids have also become fast Sugar Shack devotees.  (I’m sure no one is shocked to hear that we’re not very careful about refined sugar in my house.  We’re fighting other battles at the moment. )  Some combination of people in our family visit the Sugar Shack at least a couple times a week, and thusfar from these frequent stops, I’ve learned the following things:

1)  My love for the snow cone is true, and not just a fly-by-night whim.  Whereas I once wondered if I overestimated the goodness of the snow cone because of my infrequency of access to the delicacy, I know now that I could eat a snow cone every day and still come back for more.  In fact, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

2) The owner/proprietor/snow ball maker of the Sugar Shack, Danielle, has a degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which she put to use when she designed and built the Shack herself.  Crazy talent, right?

3)  Even with twenty-something flavors available, cherry will always be my favorite.  If it ain’t broke… (don’t fix it. That’s the end of that saying.)

If you haven’t stumbled across the Sugar Shack yet, I highly recommend you get stumbling — not on Mondays, though.  The Shack is closed on Mondays — the sign says “gone swimmin’.”  I suppose even an unlimited supply of snow cones can’t negate the need for other kinds of summertime fun — although, for me, it would certainly come close.  Tuesdays through Saturdays, though, you can get your snow cone on between 12pm and 9pm, and on Sundays, from 12pm to 7pm.

Welcome to the world of Ithaca small business, Sugar Shack!  I am SOOOO glad you’re here.

-Meryl at the Goose


2 Responses to “Places I Love: The Sugar Shack”

  1. Aimee Says:

    We are in love with this place too! Had her make up some gift certificates for Nola’s birthday goodie bags. Thanks for blogging about the place.

  2. We got in on the birthday action too! We actually foisted ourselves on the Shack for a 4-year-old birthday party on Saturday. Danielle was super accommodating and sweet, and we all had lots of fun. YAY, Sugar Shack, and yay, Aimee for letting me know that other people also love artificial sweetener and food dye!

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