The evenings were finally holding on to the day’s warmth.
If you could eat something cold at night with out getting the chills, it was time to open up for the season. And each summer she was blessed enough to have people lining up around the block waiting for the order window to slide open.
She’d poured everything she had into her Sno Cream Castle back in the 60s, and hadn’t stopped pouring for as close to thirty years as didn’t matter. Each year building into the next, slowly, but steadily, until there were people calling her a Memphis institution.
At some point along the way a customer had the fool idea to ask for all the flavors she had on one snow cone. When the next person in line ordered the same thing, she figured that it probably needed a name. The Rainbow Sno-Cone had a been a staple of her menu since then.
Initially, it seemed abhorrent to her why anyone would want something like that at. All those flavors just melted together in the ice, becoming a sugary mess. But, then she realized that was it. It was every sweet taste of summer, all at once.
The Sno Cream Castle opened in 1964 at the corner of Willow and Getwell in East Memphis. Initially it just served ice cream and snow cones, but the flavors were unique enough to draw people in summer after summer. They added a fryer and stove at some point, expanding into hot foods. The Castle was owned and run by Edith Humber, and sadly the business passed into memory with her in 1997. Memphis was lessened by the loss of both.