Who We Are
The Miller Family came to Repicci’s Italian Ice in 2005 because their entrepreneurial son Laban T., then age 14, wanted to sell snow cones for some summer income. His supportive parents Laban D. (his namesake) and Mary Ann began helping their son explore some business opportunities. In the process of searching for opportunities online, the Millers discovered a frozen product called Italian Ice. Intrigued, they decided to try some samples of it from different companies. One of the companies they read about online was Repicci’s Italian Ice, and after driving to Chattanooga (the company's headquarters) for a tasting, they were convinced that it was the best frozen product around.
The Miller’s instantly jumped in as Repicci's franchise operators by buying two freezers-full of product. Their first event was a youth soccer league, where about 800 kids played, and they could see they had a popular product with lots of potential. Next, the Miller’s served at a music festival where they sold 7,500 scoops. “We were running out of product,” Mary Ann explains. Two days in a row the Millers recieved shipements of Italian Ice from 275 miles away! The Millers realized that their business was far from a part-time summer snow-cone stand!
Over ten years later, what started as an idea for a summer job has become a full-time business for the Millers. Laban D. and Mary Ann continue to operate the business and are striving to establish Repicci's Italian Ice as a food staple in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Repicci's is currently served at Rupp Arena and Heritage Hall as well as local festivals such as Mayfest, Woodland Art Fair, and Lexington's 4th of July Festival.