Day after day, Bruce would receive calls from parents of young people who have developmental disabilities asking if their child could also work for Nick's. The problem is that Nick's is a small shaved ice trailer that only opens 6 months a year. The calls mounted up and finally, Bruce made a decision that would change things in a big way.
Bruce realized that the only way Nick's would ever grow and thrive and be able to hire more young people who couldn't find jobs was to become a nonprofit organization. That way, Nick's could receive grants and donations and maybe end up in a brick and mortar, or something else, and become a year round business That would help Nick's grow and thrive.
In 2020, Nick's became a nonprofit and even rented a building at a local farmers market. That gave Nick's two places to work from. A regional foundation was talking to Nick's about a possible grant to get them into a brick and mortar but then the pandemic hit and everything came to a screeching halt.
Being a new nonprofit and having to pay rent at the farmers market when they were closed almost broke the organization. It looked like Nick's was going to have to shut down but then Bruce decided to take a big leap of faith.
He decided the only way to save Nick's was to do a fundraiser so he rode his bicycle across the state of Texas from Texhoma, Oklahoma to South Padre Island, a 962 mile trip, and it raised enough money to save Nick's.
Nick's is now in season 4 and is stronger than ever. The problem it has now is that it can only open 6 months out of the year because of the seasonal nature of shaved ice and being in a trailer. The dream of ever becoming a brick and mortar have vanished as Nick's has never found a large donor or a large grant, so it has decided the best path forward is to get a bigger trailer. A bigger trailer will allow Nick's to add menu items that can be sold more days of the year. That will provide more hours for the employees and possibly more jobs.