Lake Norman & Mooresville

How cool? Selling ice cream is summer job

Denver neighborhoods can look forward to hearing one of their favorite summer sounds with the help of mother/daughter duo Brittany and Celeste Driscoll.

Brittany, a senior at North Lincoln High School, formerly worked summers at Westport Marina pumping gas and parking boats, but her mother decided Brittany could make more money with her own ice-cream truck business.

Celeste's boyfriend Michael Catalano, came up with the idea after learning that an ice cream truck visited his son's day care each week.

After the truck was purchased in May of last year to help Brittany collect money for college, she and her mom got to work selling tasty frozen treats around town.

The truck sells water, snow cones and ice cream pops and character-face cool treats including Scooby-Doo, Tweety Bird and Batman with all items costing between $1 and $3. The truck will make runs through August.

Although Brittany drives the truck to camps and day cares throughout the day, Celeste and her boyfriend visit local neighborhoods in the evening. Celeste Driscoll, 49, is the owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics in Denver.

Last year, the truck regularly visited 10 sites, but the Driscolls anticipate several more stops this summer, including two YMCA camps and "Our Fishing Hole," a two-pond fishing tournament site they consider the best place to sell.

"In the summer, when it is really hot, the fishermen are so happy to see us," said Celeste, who also said they've even visited the site at 1 a.m.

The truck is also a hit at local birthday parties and special events, including the Trick or Truck festival at a local elementary school last fall.

Celeste's favorite part of selling ice cream is seeing the kids run to the truck.

"They hear the music and take off running to get their money," she said.

The kids aren't the only excited ones.

"Lots of parents remember the ice cream truck from when they were young and want their kids to experience the excitement," said Celeste.

Although Brittany, 18, will be at college this fall at UNC Chapel Hill, the business will not end.

"We will keep it as long as Brittany wants to come home for the summer and work it," said Celeste.