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Treat Yo Self to something special soon in Pratt

Courtney Blankenship

The gradual reopening of public spaces in Kansas following months of social distancing, quarantining, business shutdowns, and stay-at-home orders, due to COVID-19, have left many wondering what the future holds. Even in times of uncertainty, however, good news persists.

A new business opening in Pratt this summer called ‘Treat Yo Self,’ will specialize in snowcones and rolled ice cream.

Tyler and Andrea Bethards, owners of Treat Yo Self, saw the snowcone building and equipment listed for sale on a Facebook Buy, Sell, and Trade page about a week after the stay-at-home order went into effect.

“With the extra time we had, we felt that we could spend it working on the building as a family,” Andrea Bethards said. “We want a fun place for my three older kids to be able to work through their high school and college years.”

Treat Yo Self will continue to sell shaved ice, as the previous business did, but will also include a new featured treat: rolled ice cream.

“We are excited to bring something unique to Pratt. For those unfamiliar with rolled ice cream, ingredients are poured onto a cold "grill", spread out with spatulas as it freezes, and then the strips are rolled up,” Bethards said. “These are served in a cup with your favorite toppings. You will be able to watch your creation being made through an additional pick-up window added to the side of the building.”

Located on the southwest end of the 54 Plaza at 1219 E. 1st St, next to Patton Photography and Sandi's Sweet Surprises, the shack is sporting a new painted white look and a new name.

“We are conveniently located just off of Hwy 54, within walking distance of the swimming pool,” Bethards said. “We have plenty of parking and easy access.”

Within the next month, Bethards said they plan to put the business on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so customers can find information and updates.

“Our hope is to open sometime mid to late June--It will depend a lot on how fast we can get our stamp of approval from the state,” Bethards said. “With state offices just starting to re-open, we aren't sure yet of that timeline.”

Bethards said the safety protocols for Treat Yo Self will be in line with the state’s regulations and guidelines, so customers can expect these protocols to be in place from the start.

“We will be open each year as soon as we have warmer weather in April and will stay open as long as we can, probably into September. We don't have our hours set in stone yet, but we plan to be open 7 days a week during the summer,” Bethards said. “When school is in session, we will be open after school and through the evening. We will have our hours posted on our Facebook page as well as on our building.”