De Soto student prepares treats
Chocolate, candies, cookie dough, peanut butter, marshmallow, nuts, smoothies and frozen custard.
Sound like a dream?
It's more like a summer job.
Allison Freund, 16, works at Emily's Frozen Custard, 5428 Roberts Street, Shawnee.
Although Allison is from De Soto and will be a junior at De Soto High School this fall, she wasn't able to find a job in De Soto for the summer, so she looked elsewhere.
"Everything was taken up with workers," Allison said.
So, she decided to apply at Emily's.
"I saw that it was new, and I thought they might hire me," she said.
Emily's opened April 5 and is owned and operated by husband and wife Adam and Emily Benlon. Their menu features some items that are named after schools in the De Soto School District like the De Soto Dazzler, the Clear Creek Crunch and the Mill Valley Mudslide.
Allison has worked at Emily's for about a month now, and co-owner Adam Benlon said she was fun to work with.
"She's got a lot of energy," he said. "She gets along with the other kids great, especially with other kids from different schools."
And by different schools, he also means Mill Valley High School -- De Soto's rival.
Allison said she thought she might be the only one from De Soto, but she is fine with that.
"They're all nice," she said.
Allison is responsible for ringing up customers, making sundaes and other frozen custard or smoothie items and cleaning up. Overall, she described her job as easy and enjoyed the work environment.
"It's pretty laid back, and it's pretty fun," Allison said.
However, sometimes the job can be challenging especially when Emily's gets busy at about 7 or 8 p.m.
"I mostly get focused and make sure I'm doing it right so I can get to the next one," Allison said.
One perk of the job is the custard. The employees get to take some home with them at the end of the day, Benlon said.
"Then there is the big freezer of mess ups in the back," Benlon said. "I always tell them to take what they want or else I will wind up taking it home."
Allison's favorite is a chocolate concrete with raspberries. However there is something more tempting to her than the custard.
"Sometimes the toppings are hard to stay away from, but the custard, not really," Allison said.
Emily got a job at the request of her father, but she isn't saving up for anything particular.
She puts some of her money in the bank and keeps some for herself so she can have spending money when she is with her friends.
While Emily doesn't yet have a car, she hopes to have one by the end of the summer. She thinks she might use some of her money on that as well.
Serving and selling frozen custard treats is something Allison hopes to do for more than just a summer.
"I think I will stay and work here during the school year," she said.