Ice cream: the classic cure to any hot day. With triple-digit temperatures being common, a summer in Arizona requires ice cream unlike any other. Slickables, a small family-owned ice cream sandwich shop located in downtown Tempe, has been giving shaved ice and frozen yogurt a run for its money. Based off an ice cream sandwich store on the UCLA campus, owners Sam Chang and Tina Chau take pride in the uniqueness of being able to customize an ice cream sandwich.
Customers are given the option of choosing two cookies, ranging from flavors such as chocolate chip to red velvet. Then, they select an ice cream to place in between. The store has also introduced various seasonal flavors.
“We tailor our flavors on the cookie side and on the ice cream side,” Chang said. “For example, in the autumn we had a pumpkin ginger snap cookie and also carried pumpkin ice cream.”
It’s not surprising that Slickables has become a popular spot for college students. During the summer, students who stay behind on campus and even those not in college use Slickables as a way to escape the heat. Deciding the location of their store was a big decision for Chang and Chau.
“We were looking for a location that included proximity to a large campus and a warm climate,” Chang said. “Tempe just happened to have those characteristics we were looking for.”
Despite the number of small business that have closed down over the years on Mill Street, Slickables has managed to be prosperous.
“At the end of the day people want good products for good prices,” Chang said. “If you look at everything out there that is successful, it’s always good products for good values and that’s what we strive for.”
Chang was once an investment banker, making him confident in the direction the store is going financially. Chau worked in journalism broadcast for ten years and knows her way around social media. The dynamic duo makes the perfect combination of everything right to create a successful business.