Paola Ortega’s journey to entrepreneurship and the story of TropiGlace began more than 50 years ago in Ecuador.
Inspired after tasting American ice cream on a trip to the U.S., her grandfather Marcos Sanchez decided to open his own shop in his native country. The recipe he developed using traditional South American fruits captivated the palates of all who tasted it and his product soon became a popular local treat.
In 2011, Paola decided to bring a part of her Ecuadorian culture to the U.S. by opening up an ice cream shop using the same recipe Marcos developed half a century earlier. TropiGlace, Stamford’s first and only Latin American ice cream parlor, was born.
Located on Cove Road, the unique ice cream shop has experienced tremendous success and growth. With flavors ranging from the standard chocolate and vanilla to more exotic flavors such as lucama, rum raisin, cotton candy, blackberry, passion fruit, strawberry, pineapple, peach, coconut, and mango, Paola says that TropiGlace “is ice cream that you have never experienced before.”
Paola first came to the Women’s Business Development Council in 2009 and attended the popular Passion to Profit: Business Plan Development program. Having taken many classes since then, she says that the most valuable lesson she has learned was “to establish my expertise with my employees and how to properly manage that expertise.”
Paola also shared how much she appreciates the fact that the Women’s Business Development Council encourages female entrepreneurs in what is typically a male-dominated field.
“It helps to eliminate a lot of the fears that prevent many women from going into business,” she explained.
For more information visit www.tropiglace.net.