As temperatures in Joplin crept into the mid-90s this past week, Megan Dale pulled the trailer that houses her health-conscious ice cream business, Pineapple Bliss, onto a parking lot on Main Street and prepared for the day’s business.
Maneuvering around the two bulky ice cream machines and other products inside the cramped trailer is difficult, and the machines sometimes put out more heat than the truck’s air conditioner can handle. As Pineapple Bliss opened for business at noon Wednesday, Dale had already worked up a sweat.
Luckily, she’s no stranger to hard work. Working six or seven days a week for a few years to save up money, Dale’s goal was always to own her own business. She just didn’t know what it would be.
“I definitely didn’t think I’d be an ice cream truck owner,” she said.
Dale worked as a waitress and a hairstylist after attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In