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Champlain biz kids roll in cold cash

Published May 8, 2007 at 6:03 p.m.

Burlingtonians can already buy burgers, fries and creamees from Beansies, a big, yellow, stationary bus at Battery Park. Starting next week, they will also be able to get ice-cream sandwiches and push-pops from a roving, purple-and-white bus. The new company is descriptively named Short Bus Ice Cream. It's the brainchild of two 20-year-old Champlain College students and best buds, Ian Frisch and Keegan Flynn.

Start-up costs only ran "a few thousand dollars," Frisch reports. Part of that was used to buy the bus.

Most of SBIC's frozen products will come from Unilever, and will be the usual "ice cream truck" fare. However, the gents do have a homemade house specialty called "The Frozen Bouke." The oddly titled treat is an ice-cream sandwich made with graham crackers. It's named after Chris Tamboukes, a friend who introduced them to it.

Other offerings include lemonade, soda, water and toothbrushes. Toothbrushes? "We hope to promote . . . healthy habits," Frisch explains; when "a little income comes our way, we plan on buying personalized toothbrushes to give to kids when they buy our ice cream." Guess adults will have to fend for their own dental hygiene.

Where should you look for the bus? Anywhere in Burlington except in the vicinity of Church Street, Frisch explains. Their permit doesn't allow it to compete on the Marketplace.

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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