Icy Mountain Water. How it all began...
After a health battle that left her searching for alternatives, Charlotte Bonogofsky founded Icy Mountain Water Co. in the basement of her duplex in 1992. Originally, she wanted a health product store. Her goal was to help people conquer their depression and other health issues. A small distiller that produced one gallon of pure water every 8 hours was purchased. She started giving the water away with the herbs and vitamins she sold but soon there were so many people coming that a larger distiller had to be purchased. After a while people requested the purchase of 5-gallon bottles of water so more distillers were purchased. Soon heath products and bottled water consumed every corner of that tiny duplex, and it was time to find a new location.
Her first storefront was only 300 square feet but the rent was cheap and it became apparent why when the temperature started to fall and winter set in. There was no heat in her tiny part of the building. Having outgrown that store in a matter of only one year (and being tired of wearing a parka and gloves at work) she packed up with her one employee and moved to the next store with double the space at 650 square feet.
After 2 years she was given an eviction notice by the City and given 10 months to find a new location. A new roadway was coming through her half the building. This led to the current location of more than 7000 square feet.