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Great Falls brothers start 'Likity-Split' ice-cream truck business

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Aiden, a sophmore at Great Falls High School and older brother Mitchell, a senior at GFH, started 'Likity-Split' as a way to save up for college. Aiden, a sophmore at Great Falls High School and older brother Mitchell, a senior at GFH, started 'Likity-Split' as a way to save up for college.
The business has been blasting their mix of 'ice cream dubstep' music in neighborhoods around Great Falls for roughly a month. The business has been blasting their mix of 'ice cream dubstep' music in neighborhoods around Great Falls for roughly a month.
Aiden and Mitchell Heffernan say the family purchased an old mail truck and restored it into an ice cream Jeep. Aiden and Mitchell Heffernan say the family purchased an old mail truck and restored it into an ice cream Jeep.
GREAT FALLS -

School is out for the summer, and for two brothers life is tasting pretty sweet as they go behind the wheel of the latest ice cream truck seen - and heard -around Great Falls over the past month.

Heffernan brothers Aiden,15 and Mitchell, 17 were looking for summer jobs before they decided to start their own the business. 

"We found the cheapest deal on an old mail truck and we fixed it up ourselves, sanded it down, with a little help from our parents of course, we, uh, made Likity-Split," said Aiden Heffernan. 

Now, the two have become their own bosses, serving up sweet treats to neighborhoods around Great Falls. 

While Likity-Split's appeal tugs on the hearts and cravings of traditional ice cream truck fans who wait on street corners and sidewalks with wallets in hand, the Heffernan brothers aim to deliver the moment while mixing things up with non-traditional, 'ice cream dubstep' music. 

"We found a song and then I put it in garage band and did a little tweaking and, and now it's our song and everyone likes it. It's a little different but, when we're going down the street , it really makes us stand out from the other ice cream trucks," said Aiden.  

After the first month of business, the boys may be sick of the music but say they will never get sick of the ice cream. Around a dozen of each selection of frozen treats are tightly packed into the Likity-Split  truck. 

"Storage is probably our biggest issue, there's not a lot of room in this tiny truck," said Mitchell.  

"We can't fit a regular freezer in there and um, y'know it is an older jeep it drives kind of like a farming vehicle," said mom Dyana Heffernan. 

But even with a few bumps along the way, the ice cream tastes just as sweet at each stop. 

While half of the business is done from the truck, Dyana helps with the other half - including mapping out routes, managing their social media pages and helping with the budget. 

 "Like making us put it into savings", said Mitchell. 

"Yeah, savings account and then college," said Aiden.  

"Yeah, that's difficult," said Mitchell. 

And as Aiden and Mitchell save for college one fudge bar at a time, the family already has a plan for the future of Likity-Split. 

"We have a daughter who's 11 and we'd love her to take over," said Dyana.  

 "There's a little gap between when he graduates and she's able to do it so, hopefully I''ll be able to find someone, " said Aiden.

 "And I'll probably come home on the, like, during summer to make some money," said Mitchell. 

 "And then, maybe Kevin and I have this in retirement," said Dyana. 

But all planning aside - Dyana says she is just happy her boys are in business. 

"It's a job, y'know, it's work ethic being instilled in them right now and that's probably most what you want as a parent," said Dyana. 

 Likity-Split caters to a variety of events- from fundraisers and birthday parties to weddings and work meetings. 

For more information or to schedule an ice cream social of your own, click here to visit their Facebook page.

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