For husband-wife team Jo and Oline Detavernier, an opportunity to give back to their local community was a top priority in the next chapter of their professional lives. This desire was sparked when they moved from Belgium to Hawaii in 2005 and began working for a non-profit organization that assisted locals with mental disabilities – Jo as a case manager and Oline as a recreation worker. The couple eventually returned to Belgium, where they had their first child, Tristan (now seven), and Jo pursued a career in communications while Oline raised Tristan and opened an American coffeehouse in Brugge. After great entrepreneurial success, the family returned to the United States and settled in New Braunfels where they fell in love with the culture and supportive, caring residents throughout the area. Both with experience in the non-profit sector, the Detavernier’s were ready to grab hold of their dream to give back by becoming their own boss, and sought a business in the food service space with a focus on philanthropy.
Finding the Perfect Blend
While researching a variety of food franchises, the Detavernier’s came across Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream and were drawn in by how central the fundraising component is to the franchise’s business model. There was no doubt that launching their own Tikiz truck was the perfect blend of their professional past and the fulfillment they sought in this next chapter. After completing further due diligence and meeting with the corporate team, the Detavernier’s signed a franchise agreement to bring the Coolest Truck On Earth™ to Hill Country.
Delivering an inviting and entertaining experience to every destination, the Detavernier’s Tikiz truck now services Cibolo, Converse, Garden Ridge, Live Oak, New Braunfels, Northcliff, Schertz, Selma and Universal City, among other nearby communities.
A One-Of-A-Kind Experience
Whether locals enjoy Tikiz’s refreshing Hawaiian shaved ice or ice cream at a birthday party, school fundraiser or other community event, they will be transported to the tropics. The food truck’s presence provides a vacation-like atmosphere with steel drum music roaring, colorful neon lights dancing and water misters cooling off crowds on warm days.
“At Tikiz, we’re all about creating a one-of-a-kind experience. We want customers to stop by our truck to grab an icy-cool treat and hang around, enjoying the company of friends and family,” Jo said. “Tikiz was inspired by ice cream trucks of the past, and aims to bring back cherished memories while creating new ones for the local community.”
Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream is also available for summer camps, daycares, youth sporting events, church functions, corporate events, carnivals, picnics, barbecues, movie nights, festivals and more.
Giving Back to the Local Community through FUNdraising
Through the Tikiz FUNdraising program, organizations can quickly raise money with little effort on their end. Oline said, “The Tikiz FUNdraising program is an easy way for local organizations to add an entertaining element to their charity event that also drives donations because we donate 20 percent of the day’s sales back to the event or supporting cause.”
Wrapped in a Hawaiian beach-theme, the custom-built Tikiz truck is decked out with traditional surfboard signage and is constructed from the ground up with numerous custom components, making operations easy at any event. For example, the self-contained water system and high-output batteries allow the Detavernier’s to produce more than 400 shaved ice servings per hour and eliminate the need for noisy generators so everyone can enjoy the fun, tropical tunes. Guests can also customize their own fruit syrup creations via the truck’s patented “Surv-Board™” dispenser.