A Cedar Rapids woman and her sister fell in love with the tasty products of a business while on vacation. Now, they're bringing it to Cedar Rapids.

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Amanda Zahn & Jonielle Spillers occasionally vacation in Fort Myers, Florida, and after finding themselves going back to the same place time and again, they decided to investigate a franchise. Their application was approved and work is underway on a Cedar Rapids storefront which will be the first location in the entire state of Iowa.

Spillers, who owns one hair salon and will open another next year, and her sister Zahn, will be opening Pelican's SnoBalls in Cedar Rapids. Pelican's SnoBalls offers more than 100 flavors of what Zahn described to me "as a cross between a snocone and cotton candy because it melts in your mouth." She says that she and Spillers are "really excited to bring something new to the community."

The Pelican's Facebook page describes their SnoBalls this way: "The texture is what makes Pelican’s SnoBalls stand out from any other regular snocone you’ll find - so much so that we made a new name for it! It really feels like snow - it melts in your mouth and holds the flavor all the way through!"

Just look at all those flavors on the menu below! In addition to the 100-plus flavors, there are also nine Signature SnoBall options. Zahn says Stuffed SnoBalls" are available, that are filled with vanilla soft serve ice cream.

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Pelican's SnoBalls will be opening at 2702 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids, formerly 319 Motors. This winter, work will be done on the building in preparation for an opening, hopefully at the end of March or early in April.

Zahn says there will be two serving windows, reminiscent of the 1st Avenue DQ, with outside seating only. In addition to the location on 6th Street, they'll be able to take their products to indoor events like sporting events, birthday parties, etc., and could eventually add a mobile truck.

Founded by a 13-year-old in 2001, Pelican's SnoBalls was named after the state bird of Louisiana. Today, there are 211 locations across 17 states. The closest one to Iowa is in Ohio. That will change next spring, and my tastebuds are already looking forward to it.

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*Yes, pup cups are available.

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