CANTON — There’s a business in Canton that offers rolled ice cream and nutrition-packed smoothies — all while you wait for your cell phone or tablet to be repaired.
Brendon Poole, a 2015 Pisgah High School graduate, wanted to return to his home town, and to open a business that would capitalize on two things he knew — how to repair every type and model of cell phone on the market, and how to help those with health challenges meet their nutrition needs.
Though 360CellPhoneRepair and 360Nutrition have been open for more than a year, Poole recently leased the building next door at 153 Main St. in Canton where he will offer expanded menu items, a place for children’s birthday parties and more.
He will be holding a grand reopening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 1. He is partnering with Staples on a community give-back where everyone who purchases a $5 back-to-school box filled with essential needs will receive a free ticket for a $6 smoothie or other frozen drink.
Eventually Poole hopes to expand to other healthy meal offerings such as wraps of all sorts.
As a certified nutritionist, Poole regularly works with customers who have special health needs such as diabetes, who are recovering from weight-loss surgery or who need gluten or dairy-free foods.
“I want this to be a small-town place where I can take care of people and not offer things other businesses in town have,” Poole said. “I wanted to have someplace where kids could be loud and hang out.”
Rolled ice cream is a new item that many in the region might not know about, but is something that’s been popular in Florida, he said.
The sweet treat is prepared on a metal surface, flash frozen, and then scraped into a roll that resembles a cinnamon bun. It is topped with whatever types of syrups or fruit the customer orders.
Poole serves fresh-made popsicles daily and will be changing the decor in the business on a regular basis as he hangs customer art doodled in chalk on the black table coverings.
“Everything we do is low-calorie and low in sugar, but it still tastes like you are getting junk food,” Poole said.
The cell phone and tablet repair business is brisk, Poole said, noting his is the only personalized, on-site repair station from Asheville west. He fixes about 100 devices a month, and has agreements with many larger businesses in the region to take care of their employee needs.
With the growing nutrition business, though, Poole will be taking the repair business to an appointment basis, he said.
The business hours are currently 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but Poole said he is looking at expanded hours in the new space.