Thrice the ice
Owner of local Jeremiah's Italian Ice is opening two new Central Texas locations and eyes further expansion.
Lynn Reichl shows off a creamy, layered mix of Italian ice and soft ice cream at her West Temple business — Jeremiah’s Italian Ice. The business employs up to 25 people — mostly high school and college students — during the busy summer months. David Stone photo
By DAVID STONE, Our Town Temple
Lynn Reichl, owner of the Jeremiah’s Italian Ice franchise in West Temple, is opening two new stores in Central Texas and more could be on the way.
Here’s the scoop: Reichl and her family opened the popular location on Green Hollow Drive in September 2020, and she will soon open a store in Killeen.
“I also just signed a lease on Valley Mills in Waco, and we’re looking in Harker Heights,” she said. “That one could be a couple years out, though.”
Reichl owns franchise rights to a huge area in Texas, sprawling from Conroe to Copperas Cove. But on Friday, she was taking care of business here in Temple.
“We opened right in the middle of the pandemic, and we were limited on how many people we could have in the building,” she said. “We have a large outdoor area with seating and games, and that was really popular.”
Although capacity limits are a thing of the past, COVID issues linger.
“It’s the supply chain that I’m concerned about,” she said. “I’m having trouble getting what we need. I’m getting most of the ice and ice cream ingredients, but it’s hard getting in our plastic items like cups, spoons and lids. We’re getting it, but we’re paying more.
Reichl, like many business owners, has elected to bite the bullet rather than raise product prices.
“I haven’t done that,” she said. “I hope people see us as a value. A family of four can come get ice for under $20, and spend the afternoon or evening playing corn hole or Connect 4.”
While the games are huge, many guests grab a stick of chalk and get into sidewalk art.
“We’ve had some masterpieces right out on the patio,” she said with a grin. “But our big draw is our ice and soft ice cream. Our ice is way smoother and creamier than other brands, and everything is made onsite.”
Jeremiah’s sells Italian ice and soft ice cream, but many customers like to layer the two, and use different flavors in the process.
“We can also layer our ices and ice creams with two kinds of cookie crumbles, sprinkles and chocolate chips.”
Jeremiah’s also has treats for diabetics. The shop has three flavors of sugar-free Italian ice — tangerine, green apple and cherry — and they rotate them in and out, always keeping one in stock.
“We have cups and cones, and we give out free samples all day long,” she said. “We want you to get something you like, so feel free to sample.”
In addition to serving up heat-beating treats, Jeremiah’s is quickly becoming known for giving back to the community.
“We host a Spring Leap 10K and Family Fun Run every March along with the city of Temple, and proceeds go to city recreation programs,” she said. “We’re about to have a special deal for nurses, and first responders in uniform always get a free scoop.”
People aren’t the only ones who enjoy Jeremiah’s. Dogs are liking it, too.
“We give free pup cups to our dog friends,” Reichl said. “They are welcome in our outdoor area and we keep water bowls outside.”
Reichl credits her staff for much of Jeremiah’s success. The Temple store employs as many as 25 people — mostly high school and college students — during busy summer months.
“We have some busy, hard-working kids,” she said. “We call them our Frog Squad, and they work their ‘ices’ off. Many are taking advanced classes, and they play football, run track, are in drama and theater, and in band and choir. It’s a busy group, and they are loved by our customers.”
Reichl paused, looked both ways, then whispered: “We have a secret menu on our app. If you like a lot of flavors and a lot of colors, try the frosted animal cracker.”
Shhhh…remember, it’s a secret.
The front patio, sidewalk and play area at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is a perfect place for chalk art. The outdoor area also features seating, corn hole and a new Connect 4 game. Courtesy photo
Here’s a treat with layers of Italian ice, soft ice cream and sprinkles. Courtesy photo
Temple College students and alumni take top awards at singing event
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Temple College students and alumni attended the South Texas chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing voice competition in Corpus Christi, and several took home top performance honors.
All of the students who participated are under the guidance of Teri Johnson, professor of voice.
“All these students have grown so much as musicians over this year and did some of their best singing at the competition. I’m very proud of them,” Johnson said.
Student awards include:
Ethan Matous – 1st place, Freshmen Men, Classical Category and winner of the Herald Stark Encouragement Award
Kaiya Fowler – 1st place, (Temple College graduate and current Texas A&M University-Central Texas music major), Upper Division Musical Theatre Category
Hope Ash – 1st place, (Temple College graduate and current Texas A&M University-Central Texas music major), Junior Women, Classical Category
Jouper Muring – 2nd place, Freshmen Men, Classical Category
Lily Johnson – 2nd place, Lower Division Musical Theatre Category
Hayley Cavazos – 3rd place, Freshmen Women, Classical Category
Elizabeth Kropp – Semi-finalist, Sophomore Women, Classical Category
In addition, David Perez-Guerra, Temple College graduate and current Texas A&M University-Central Texas music major, received the Student Accompanist Award for his work. Perez-Guerra serves as staff accompanist at Temple College.
TUESDAY | MAY 3, 2022
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