About Us

Army soldier Stephani – Circa 2000

Like most kids, Chilljoy founder Stephani McIntyre grew up enjoying ice cream on hot summer nights. During her time in the Army, stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawai’i, she was introduced to a beloved local tradition — shave ice. Living in Hale’iwa Town on O’ahu’s North Shore, she was fortunate to frequent popular shave ice spots like Matsumoto’s and Aoki’s where the snow is unbelievably soft and every bite has flavor — unlike the Mid-Western snow cone where the ice is crunchy and the syrup disappears to the bottom. (Snow cones really are the worst!)

Chilljoy Frozen Treatery began as a humble little ice cream cart in 2017 (then called City Scoops) visiting small, local events around Central Ohio.

In 2019, we expanded our menu, upgraded our name and built a frozen treatery truck in a rad vintage vehicle. While Ohio-sourced hand-scooped ice cream will remain a menu item, Hawaiian style shave ice is what we aspire to become known for in Columbus, Ohio’s frozen dessert scene. Offering shave ice here in Columbus could never replace being on the islands, but it offers a small connection to a place Stephani embraced as home for many years. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


noun: a sweet and cool moment of pure happiness