Twice as N’Ice – Ribbon cutting celebrates grand opening for Twice The Ice
By Tasha Stewart / The Mountain Advocate
Problem-solving led to one Knox County family becoming entrepreneurs. Now, the family wants to help locals beat the heat this summer with their new ice and water machine called Twice the Ice.
“Last year, we were buying ice in Barbourville and we had to stand in line and wait, it was double the price of the ice machines in Corbin and it was a frozen solid block. I was just upset and thought, ‘Someone needs to put an ice machine in Barbourville.’ So, a year later, here we are,” said co-owner Larissa Beller, who opened the machine with her husband David.
Marketed as the cleanest, safest ice because it is never touched by human hands, the Twice the Ice machine does all the work for consumers by making the ice, bagging it and dropping it down a shoot for customers to pick up. It also uses the four-step Healthwise Ice and Water Filtration Process. This utilizes micron and activated carbon filtration, ion exchange and ultraviolet light cleansing.
Ice is available in a 10-pound bag for $1.25 or a 20-pound bag for $2.00. If you see a blue light flashing in the upper left corner, you’re in luck! That means ice is free for a limited time.
“Periodically, we’ll turn the light on,” continued Larissa.
Water is also available for purchase from the machine, ranging in size from one to five gallons and in cost from $.25 to $1.00.
While the concept seems fairly simple, as nearly any entrepreneur will tell you, starting the business took more work than the Beller’s anticipated.
“It was definitely much more than just buying an ice machine. There’s a lot more time that goes into it and a lot more expense that you wouldn’t think would be there,” said Larissa. “It’s going well. We’ve learned a few things along the way.”
Though the machine has been open for public use since June 1 and has already received great community support, the family celebrated the official grand opening on Saturday, June 30, with lots of prizes and even free ice for the community. The Knox County Chamber of Commerce also stopped by for the official ribbon cutting.
Twice the Ice is located behind Long John Silver’s in Barbourville and is open 27/4. The machine accepts cash, coins and cards. For more information about the machine, search Twice The Ice Of Barbourville on Facebook.