The Sterling family has opened a “cool” new business just off of Rt. 13 near Willis Chevrolet Buick south of Smyrna. The Snoball Factory serves shaved ice treats in more than 40 flavors including sugar-free varieties.


The Sterling family has opened a “cool” new business just off of Rt. 13 near Willis Chevrolet Buick south of Smyrna.

The Snoball Factory serves shaved ice treats in more than 40 flavors including sugar-free varieties.

Renee Sterling described a snowball as lighter than the traditional “snow cone” which has larger, crunchier pieces of ice. A snowball is actually more like the consistency of snow.

“I grew up in Maryland eating them,” said Renee, who’s lived in Smyrna for about 19 years. “I’ve always thought about opening a snowball stand because I’ve never seen one in this area. What I like about snowballs is that the ice isn’t as chunky as snowcones, and the flavored syrup stays in the ice. With snowcones, most of the syrup usually ends up at the bottom.”

Renee and her husband Steve, who grew up in Smyrna, opened their business in May. They wanted to offer the community a choice that was different from Italian ice and ice cream, and a product that was less expensive as well.

“It has fewer calories than Italian ice, and all the flavors are non-fat except chocolate,” said Renee.

The Snoball Factory is on West Big Woods Road, just east of Rt. 13 next to Willis Chevrolet Buick, at the former site of a golf driving range and miniature golf course.

“This is a great location,” said Renee. “We have plenty of space here, and you don’t have to worry about your kids being so close to the highway. We have picnic tables and provide sidewalk chalk so the kids can make all sorts of designs. They love it.”

So what’s the most popular snowball flavor so far?

“Cherry, the old stand by,” said Renee. “But there are so many choices. People have fun deciding what to try. We even have fun flavors for the kids like Sponge Bob, Barney, and Scooby-Doo.”

SNOBALL FACTORY
Address: 63 W. Big Woods Rd., south of Smyrna
Hours: 1-8 p.m., seven days a week
Owners: Steve and Renee Sterling
On Facebook: The Snoball Factory