ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - After starting a successful business in Roanoke, three siblings are leaving it behind for a new direction.
They started serving snow cones at Miami Ice five years ago but are now all grown up and ready to move on. Ryan Smith was 16 when he started Miami Ice five years ago with his two siblings Eric and Hannah, who were only 15 and 14.
"I'll always remember like the first time we got here, just doing back flips in the bouncy house and some of my friends just messing around," Ryan, a manager of Miami Ice, said.
But the last of the siblings, Hannah, is now off to college, so they're leaving their business behind.
Ryan said, "At this point, we're ready to kind of move on, go into the real world and kind of get some more new experiences."
To build on their previous experiences at Miami Ice.
"It's definitely helped me grow and learn how to be a hard worker," Hannah, a manager at Miami Ice, said.
"It's sad, but I know it's done what it meant to do," Ryan added.
"It's definitely sad, it's sad just because we've done it for so long," Eric, another manager of Miami Ice, said.
More than just perfecting a snow cone, these siblings have learned the ins and outs of running a businesses.
"It played a big role in making me who I am today because like I said, it made me grow up faster," Hannah said.
Now, they hope to sell Miami Ice to someone locally, who can learn from it in the same way they did.
"it's just awesome being able to affect people's lives in such a positive way, where they love coming out here and just love having a good time, and that's really why, if we could sell it to somebody local to keep it around here and make it so it can stay in the community," Ryan said.
The siblings sell over 60 flavors including a fan favorite, Miami Vice, among other flavors like Toasted Marshmallow and Wedding Cake. You have until August 18th, until this shop is closing its doors.