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Co-owner Jana Catmull says birthday cake with sprinkles is the most popular flavor at its new shaved ice emporium, Bahama Buck's. Photo courtesy of Bahama Buck's.

Co-owner Jana Catmull says birthday cake with sprinkles is the most popular flavor at its new shaved ice emporium, Bahama Buck's. Photo courtesy of Bahama Buck's.

ODESSA — When Bart and Jana Catmull moved to Odessa from Arizona four years ago, they quickly realized they missed one thing.

In Arizona, Bahama Buck's was their favorite place to go for flavored shaved ice, and it offered a family friendly atmosphere for their children.

"Living here, we didn't find any fun, family environment to go to," said Jana Catmull. "We just really missed Bahama Buck's."

The Catmulls decided to open their own franchise in Odessa, just a few miles from their home.

"It's the kind of location we wanted to have, more in a neighborhood type of setting," Jana Catmull said.

To ensure their Bahama Buck's is family friendly for all ages, the Catmulls have board games, free Wi-Fi, charging outlets at each booth and tetherball outside.

Bahama Buck's features shaved ice available in more than 90 flavors, including strawberry cheesecake, blueberry muffin, and key lime pie.

They can add ice cream and Tropic Creme non-dairy topping to any flavor. Jana Catmull said that birthday cake with sprinkles is the most popular flavor.

Special machines create the shaved ice, giving it the consistency of powdery, soft snow.

"It's not crunchy and gritty," said Bart Catmull.

In addition to shaved ice, the menu includes a variety of smoothies, lemonades, limeades and specialty sodas.

For those wanting to experience snow in Florida, Sno2Throw snoballs come in packs of 24, or in a box of 60.

"We also do birthday parties here," said Jana Catmull said.

Bahama Buck's is at 8527 Gunn Highway. It's open from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It's closed on Sundays. For more information, call (813) 616-8801 or visit

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