We had the good fortune of connecting with Nindi Wadhwa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nindi, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always had the desire to have my own business. I had ventured into the entrepreneurship world with some low risk small businesses prior to opening Scooptacular. The timing was just right. I was furloughed from the airlines at the time and was finishing up my MBA. May 2010 is when we opened our doors. Our physical location was formerly a national ice cream chain that had closed do to the housing crash in 2008, 2009 and 2010. We saw that Laveen didn’t have any family friendly options. I really wanted a place where families could take a break from all the negative that was around us and a place where I could have daddy daughter dates. Our vision was to be a beacon of hope to the community.
What should our readers know about your business?
We love serving premium hand crafted ice cream. What that means is that we don’t cut corners on quality. We make all our ice cream in house and have since the day we opened. We source ingredients from all over to world to create the best possible flavors.
We work with several other entrepreneurs who now serve our ice cream around the valley as well several other restaurants.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many great spots in the valley. Definitely a hike up South Mountain, Camelback and Superstitions. AS far as food options go there are so many great options. We would have to stay local and support Laveen. Try some amazing milks from Danzeisen Dairy, a Pie from the Amadio Ranch, great pizza from Mimi Forno Italiano and a coffee from 3’Cs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The community of Laveen for their support over these 11 years and our Scoopies past and present.