Adults may soon be praying for snow.
Snow & Co., an artful frozen-cocktail bar is coming to the Crossroads this fall in the former Black Bamboo space at 1815 Wyandotte.
"We want to change perceptions," says partner Jerry Nevins. "It's not a girly drink thing; it's a frozen-drink thing."
The idea for a frozen-cocktail bar began as a conversation about urban renewal among Nevins and Andy Talbert and Lauren Cloud -- fellow graduates of UMKC's Bloch School. But it was when they began discussing the phenomenon of frozen cocktails in Columbia, Missouri, that the concept for Snow & Co. took shape.
"I like frozen drinks, but I also like going to places like Manifesto. I
wondered why we couldn't do more with our cocktails," Nevins says.
More means a scratch bar and house-made simple syrups for the frozen-drink machines. And a line-up featuring interpretations of traditional cocktails like a frozen Manhattan or mojito alongside tropical drinks. At any time, Nevins expects to have 10 flavors, one of which will always be nonalcoholic. But the ingredients will be as varied as elderflower and a house shandy -- mixing wheat beer and house-made lemonade.
During the planning stages, the three UMKC grads brought on a fourth partner, Kyle Morris, a friend of Talbert's, who recently graduated from the Crosby MBA program at the University of Missouri. The group wanted to make sure that they chose a name that would tell people their concept was not just a tropical-drink stand.
"We picked snow because it's a little more playful. We want people to remember when snow was fun and you got to play in it all day, as opposed to when you're an adult and you think about how you have to drive in it," Nevins says.
The space is currently being designed by local architectural firm Berger Devine Yaeger, Inc. and Nevins hints that it will be a playful take on the icy name of snow. Snow & Co. is in the process of applying for its liquor license, and Nevins hopes to open in September.
"This is becoming a great cocktail town," Nevins says. "We just want to be a place where friends can get together and have a good time in the Crossroads."