Sheila Crow knows what she wants, and she’s been working since she was 12 to get it.
In 2015, Pinky’s SnoCones & Snacks started on the 1000th plot of West Fifth Street.
Four years later, Crowe purchased the property at 905 W.
But this is not her dream.
Her dream is to open a cafeteria-style fast food restaurant called The Crowe’s Nest on the property west of the HL Neblett Community Center.
“I want to build a place on this block,” Crowe said this week. “But with all the supply chain issues, I may have to rent somewhere else temporarily. But as long as God gives me the days, I plan to do so.”
She hopes that this will be the last year that she’s working for Pinkie’s
“I grew up here on Elm Street, and I wanted to give back to the community,” Crowe said. “There was a business here years ago called Pinky’s, which is a catchy name for kids. So I chose it.”
Pinky’s has over 25 flavors of mini cones, plus hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, Polish sausage, and walking tacos—a chip bag with crushed chips, meat, and taco toppings.
The walking tacos, which retail for $4, are the best-selling snack on the platform.
And Black Panther SnoCones – blackberry juice – tops the list of snow cones.
Her Crowe prefers Crowe’s Delight, a blend of blueberry juice and tiger blood – watermelon, strawberry, and coconut.
The cheapest item on the menu is a frozen pickle juice at 50 cents.
“The kids love it,” Crowe said.
She said customer service is very important.
Hours of operation are 4-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1-8 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
“This is a seasonal business,” Crowe said. “Out of season, I bake at home. They passed a law in 2018 to allow home bakeries, and my bakery business started after that.”
Before she got into the food business, she was a medical debt collector.
“I didn’t like it because I always had to sue patients,” Crowe said.
She said running a snack business makes customers happy and reduces stress.
Crowe said her two daughters, Aliyah (spell Sheila backwards), 15, and Shelly, 11, help her run the kiosk, as do her parents.
But she looks forward to the day the restaurant she’s planning needs more help.