Pinky’s is just the start of Crowe’s dreams | New


Sheila Crowe knows what she wants and has worked to get it since she was 12.

In 2015, she launched Pinky’s SnoCones & Snacks in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street.

And four years later, Crowe bought the property at 905 W. Fifth St., landscaped it, added parking and sidewalks, and reopened his food stand there.

But it’s not his dream.

His dream is to open a cafeteria-style soul food restaurant called The Crowe’s Nest on the property just west of the HL Neblett Community Center.

“I want to build a place on this block,” Crowe said this week. “But with all the supply chain issues, I might have to rent somewhere else temporarily. But as long as God gives me the days, I plan to do so.

She hopes this is her last year operating Pinky’s

“I grew up here on Elm Street and wanted to give something back to the community,” Crowe said. “Years ago there was a business here called Pinky’s, and it’s a catchy name for kids. So I chose him.”

Pinky’s offers over 25 flavors of sno-cones, as well as hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, polish sausages, and walking tacos – a bag of chips with crushed chips, meat, and taco toppings.

The rolling tacos, which sell for $4, are the stand’s best-selling snack.

And Black Panther SnoCones – black raspberry juice – top the list of sno-cones.

Crowe prefers his own Crowe’s Delight, a combination of blue raspberry juice and tiger’s blood – watermelon, strawberry and coconut.

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The cheapest item on the menu is the 50 cent frozen pickle juice.

“Kids love it,” Crowe said.

Customer service is very important, she says.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“This is a seasonal business,” Crowe said. “Out of season, I cook at home. They passed a law in 2018 to allow home bakeries, and I started my bakery business after that.

Prior to entering the food business, she was a medical debt collector.

“I didn’t like it because I always had to chase sick people,” Crowe said.

Running a snack business makes customers happy and there’s less stress, she said.

Crowe said his daughters, Aliehs (Sheila spelled backwards), 15, and SheLia, 11, help him run the stand, as do his parents.

But she looks forward to the day when the restaurant she is planning needs more help.


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