, Port Arthur, Texas

Port Neches

August 10, 2006

Ice hits the avenue

PORT NECHES — Wes Wortham is keeping with a family tradition.

Wortham is the owner of Avenue Ice, a snowcone stand located at 1208 Port Neches Ave.

In the 1950’s his grandmother had her own snowcone stand in Northwest Houston right across the street from an elementary school. When the school day ended Wortham’s grandmother would wheel her cart out and sell the iced treats to the children.

The Port Neches man’s father came into play when he went to help Wortham get the business off the ground. The father now has a stand in Onalaska and is using his mother’s snowcone making machine.

Wortham has worked at BASF Agra Chemicals for 28 years and works at the stand with his wife, Debbie. The stand is open 1 to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Hours will be scaled back in September with the business closed on Sundays and Mondays, Debbie Wortham said.

“And during the winter we’ll probably sell coffee and hot chocolate,” Debbie Wortham said.

Business has been steady since Avenue Ice opened in April.

“There’s nothing else on the Avenue like this and we get a lot of families whose kids like to hang out,” she said.

For those who wish to sit and enjoy their snowcone there are several tables with umbrellas for shade.

While vanilla, strawberry and coconut are the most popular flavors, Avenue Ice also has some interesting sounding mixes such as Beach Ball (pineapple, coconut and orange) and Indian Blood.

“In case you run low on Indian Blood on a Thursday night you can come by here,” Wes Wortham said with a chuckle.

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