Client Spotlight – The Merry Dairy

Posted by Niki Hodgskiss

The Merry Dairy

began with a single ice cream truck in 2012 and has been growing ever since.  If you see one of the three Merry Dairy trucks around town or popped into her storefront location, you will immediately realize this isn’t your typical scoop. All the MD trucks feature the same signature graphics. They offer a seasonal, rotating list of inventive flavours. This list is ranging from “London fog” to “Olive Oil Orange” and everything in between!
Marlene’s flair for entrepreneurship was sparked at a young age – she grew up on a dairy farm, and in that environment learned the ins and outs of running a business. The concept for the Merry Dairy came to fruition when Marlene observed that there were no ice cream trucks selling a premium product in the Ottawa area. Her business took off. She has the experience of running both a storefront and a mobile unit. Marlene’s favourite part of being a food truck owner is the ever-changing environment and meeting new people at different festivals

and events. No two days are ever the same! Some of the challenges she faces running the truck? Long days and short seasons (here in Ontario the winters get quite icy) mean you need to hustle hard all summer long. Marlene also notes the many learning curves that come along with adapting to the equipment and the machinery. She learned both inside the food truck and under the hood. Marlene maintains it’s important to not let little things discourage you and to find a good team of people.
All in all, mobile businesses are a great option for an entrepreneurial person who enjoys frequent challenges and is not afraid to try something new. We are proud to have built two Merry Dairy scoop trucks, and are excited to see Marlene’s continued success!