The ChillMobile Featured In AARP Magazine!

The ChillMobile Featured In AARP Magazine!

Making a Career Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic

These people got inspired when the work world was turned upside down and switched careers

by Sarah Mahoney, AARP | April 12, 2021


The ChillMobile
Tammy Hauser, 57, Sarasota, Florida

I thought I’d made the pivot of my life when I started Discover Sarasota, a trolley tour company, in 2018. The business was thriving, and in December 2019, I did something impulsive: I bought a super-cute vintage ice-cream truck I saw on Facebook Marketplace. It cost $14,000, and my team thought I was nuts. I planned to put it next to my trolley cottage and sell snacks to my tour guests. Then COVID-19 hit, and on March 20, I had to shut down the business.

One day, as I looked at this 1979 Good Humor truck in my driveway, I thought, Wait. Food trucks are essential businesses. I own a food truck. So, I launched the ChillMobile. We make as much as $1,900 a day, selling ice-cream treats — such as Toasted Almond bars — and local artisanal items. Boozy pops are a huge hit. We often get booked for neighborhood driveway cocktail parties, and events at schools and older-adult facilities.

We have reopened the trolley, but business is slow. My assistant handles the tours while I run the ice-cream truck with Max, my papillon dog. He often wears an ice-cream bow tie.

I’m glad we’re doing so well. It’s 80 degrees here year-round. And ice cream is a recession-proof business. But this has been about so much more than making money. It’s brought so much comfort and joy at a time when people have needed it.


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