Pelican’s opens new location
Published 9:49 pm Thursday, April 28, 2016
If you’re looking for a sweet — or sour — treat to cool you down this summer, there’s a new location in Suffolk that offers more than 100 different ways to do the job.
Pelican’s SnoBalls at 2332 Pruden Blvd. recently opened. It is the third location of the franchise for Lennie and Jedidiah Behe.
The company has about 80 locations after starting in North Carolina. The Behes lived in the Hampton Roads area previously when he was in the Navy, so they came here to start their Pelican’s franchises.
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The Pruden Boulevard location follows the one on Hampton Roads Parkway, in North Suffolk, and another in Chesapeake.
“We’ve definitely had a lot of customers,” Lennie Behe said of the new location since opening. “It’s been great.”
The Behes have improved the former gas station location with a deck and plan to continue improving the lot.
The menu features more than 100 flavors, but if you want to be really cool, you have to know about the “underground” flavors.
“A lot of our customers know the secret ones,” Lennie Behe said.
Her favorite on-menu flavor is egg custard with sweetened condensed milk topping. As for her husband, creamsicle is a favorite.
Other flavors include the usual suspects, as well as wild-and-crazy flavors such as fireball, tiger’s blood, dill pickle and iced tea. SnoCream flavors include banana cream, strawberry shortcake and key lime pie.
Available toppings include sour spray, marshmallow topping, Hershey’s syrup and a variety of gummy critters, including butterflies and dinosaurs.
The store mixes all of its flavors on site, using about 500 to 600 pounds of sugar per week to do so, Jedidiah Behe said.
The store is available for fundraising events, during which the organization receives 25 percent of what the store makes that night.
The Behes have two sons, who are running their other two stores, and a daughter who attends the University of North Carolina Wilmington.