Jul 16, 2019
A new business venture involving two Petoskey-area sisters is serving up some cool treats this summer.
B&G Sweet Treats, owned by teenage sisters Bea and Greta Putman, recently has been working to offer frozen novelties to help Petoskey locals and visitors beat the summer heat.
“We serve specialty and gourmet ice cream sandwiches made here in Michigan,” said Bea. “the whole idea started when we saw the truck on Facebook Marketplace. We thought about what we could do with it.”
The sisters, with the help of some family members, purchased the truck, coined a name and started serving.
“It all started when we saw the truck on Facebook Marketplace and through we could do something with it,” said Bea. “We have done a few other businesses together and are used with working together and knew we could make this work.”
The sisters bought the truck — a 1987 Cushman Truckster — in April and had it ready to go to start selling ice cream on Memorial Day.
The truck had to obtain permits and an inspection in order to serve but the sisters “passed everything easily.”
“The truck is too small to do the traditional scooped ice cream so we decided to do ice cream sandwiches as they are pre-packaged and easy to hand out,” said Greta.
In all, B&G Sweet Treats offers 10 different sandwiches from Michigan-based company Cool Jacks: Michigan Homemade Cookies and Ice Cream.
Each treat is only $5 and their top selling item is what’s called “The Kickstand.”
“It’s Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream with a chocolate chip and double chocolate chip cookie,” said Greta.
B&G Sweet Treats has regular hours of 6 p.m. until sunset near the Petoskey breakwater behind the public safety station every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
B&G’s operators are considering the addition of Wednesday hours, potentially at the Petoskey District Library.
“We would really like to start offering more but also catering to special events like weddings, birthday parties and things like that,” said Bea.
B&G Sweet Treats can also be found online, with an Instagram page at bg_sweet_treats, and can be reached at email@example.com or (231) 881-5828.
This article was Written by Sean Miller