By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
In the summer of 2014, Harper's Hut Shaved Ice became the third snow-cone stand to open its doors in Sand Springs, setting up shop on Charles Page Boulevard in front of the Sand Springs Cinema 8.
CEO William Nozak began his company with the initial goal of being the best in Sand Springs, and less than two months into operations they were named the "Best in the World" by the Tulsa World readers. They were once again nominated for that honor in 2015.
Harper's brought a lot of changes to the shaved ice industry in Tulsa and forced many competitors to step up their game. "We aim to be the best in the industry at selling gourmet shaved ice flavors by keeping our menu relevant to current events, movies, and local popular topics," says the Harper's Mission Statement.
Indeed, the company has more than stayed true to its premise and has overtaken the town. From free family movie nights to entire weekends of unlimited free snowcones, Harper's has proven they're more than just a business--they're part of the family.
Harper's has hosted snowball fights and slip'n'slides, set up shop at the Sand Springs Pumpkin Patch and the Charles Page High School football games.
Now they're taking things a step further. Last month Harper's officially began offering assorted java products in their catering business. Yesterday a new stand opened up on the South side of the river in the Church That Matters parking lot next door to Inkwell Printing on 41st street.
Nozak was very happy with his first day of business. Harper's Hut Shaved Ice & Java is open from 7-11AM and carries a large assortment of gourmet java and craft coffee. Espresso, Italian Sodas, Smoothies, and Frapped Ice are some of the products they offer. Famous Harper's Hut shaved ice flavors such as Volcano, Butterbeer, and Blueberry Cobbler are even available in their Frapps.
Eventually, Nozak plans to renovate all of his existing stands in Glenpool, Sapulpa, Sand Springs, and Mannford to provide the java products year-round.