"What I did on Summer Vacation:" a common theme of beginning-of-the-school-year writing assignments for decades.
Many students wile away their sun-soaked hours with leisure.
Corie Harvey, of Fort Dodge, planned to spend her break from Iowa State University this summer working at Dairy Queen, a job she's had for five years.
-Messenger photo by Jesse Helling
Corie Harvey, owner of Corie’s Cones, serves up one of the shop’s ice cream treats. Harvey, a student at Iowa State University, owns the business at 11 S. 16th St. with her father, Joe Harvey.
Her father, Joe Harvey, had other ideas.
He found that The Ice Cream Store, 11 S. 16th St., was up for sale.
"It kind of popped up, " Corie Harvey said. "He thought it would be a good opportunity, So, we went into a partnership."
And so, the apparel merchandising major is getting a practical lesson in business fundamentals by running her own business.
Corie's Cones will operate for the rest of the summer, until its proprietor goes back to school.
Overseeing a staff of six, Harvey serves up several varieties of frozen treats.
These include soft-serve ice cream cones enlivened with stripes of flavor, including green apple and caramel.
Customers have the option of walking up to an outside service window or using the drive-through.
Many of the fixtures remain from the previous owners, Corie Harvey said.
"We're planning to redo the outside next summer," she said. "This year, we just wanted to get started and figure out how it runs. We'll have a bigger opening next summer."
Looking to the future, Harvey said she plans to stick with the business even after she graduates from ISU.
"I'm proud of being able to run a business, and I'm not even 21," she said. "I'm happy with it."
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