"The loan from Opportunity Fund was the catalyst at a key moment in our growth!" -Natasha
Starting from a broken-down postal van at Coachella to 11 trucks and 2 store fronts operating all over the US, Natasha's Coolhaus got a boost from Opportunity Fund in the form of a $25,000 loan.
Loyal following along with funding
Natasha Case founded Coolhaus in 2009 with Freya Estreller. They launched their gourmet ice cream sandwich company from their barely driveable postal van at the Coachella Music Festival. They built a loyal following the over the festival weekend and returned to LA with an abundance of followers. Coolhaus was booming, but when Natasha wanted to purchase a second truck and start expanding her business, she could not qualify for conventional financing. Coolhaus was less than two years old, and was not yet profitable.
Natasha came to Opportunity Fund for a $25,000 loan to help the business expand. As Natasha describes, "The loan from Opportunity Fund was the catalyst at a key moment in our growth!"
Sandwiches spreading all around the country
Since then, the company has become one of the leading innovative small dessert businesses, growing significantly to include 4 trucks and 2 storefronts in LA, 2 trucks and one cart in NYC, 2 trucks in Austin, and two trucks in Dallas employing more than 55 people. Today, Natasha has become a role model for young entrepreneurs across the country. She was named a Forbes 30 under 30 & Zagat 30 Under 30, 2012 - NYC, as well as being featured in many national publications and TV shows including Food Network’s Chopped and King of Cones, and Andy Cohen Live. You now can find Coolhaus’ delicious pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches, hand-dipped bars, and hand-packed pints in 3,000+ gourmet grocery stores nationally, including Whole Foods and Sprouts, and larger retailers like Kroger and Safeway beginning in 2015, or buy them online at www.eatcoolhaus.com