A legendary, shaved ice shop in Frisco awaits eager snow cone beavers at 6427 Elm St. Owner Mary Sanchez has operated the stand since 1983.
Mary says she makes her snow cone flavor offerings fresh daily, not from concentrates. For some flavors, she says she starts with real fruit or extracts and creates customized blends. One of her go-to, personal favorites is raspberry with cream. "We have 50-plus regular flavors, plus a handful of new ones I plan to introduce this season. Although we had a late start this year, due to low or nonexistent supplies and lagging materials for equipment repairs, we hope everyone will come see what it's all about."
She says if supplies remain lacking, she may have to ask customers to bring their own cups. "But I have the greatest customer base in the world. I'm very lucky. They bend over backward to help, if I need it."
Her online fans indicate they value the shop's overall quality, variety of amazing flavors, superior smooth ice, welcoming atmosphere and the friendly staff.
She says it's been exceedingly enjoyable to see adults, who used to come get snow cones as children themselves, bringing their own children to partake. "We're even getting into third generations now with grandkids," she adds.
Mary's hours of business this summer are Tuesdays through Fridays, 2-10 p.m. and 3-10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays.