OUR FAMILY'S CHILL STORY
Shepard, Savannah, Kassie, Stefan, Michael and Skye. Not pictured: Sterling who is serving in the us Army!
Sterling- Serving in the US Army
It all began eight years ago. I realized that all five of our kids were going to be in school, and for the first time in YEARS, I would have the entire day to myself! I knew that I wanted to work, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
So, we sat our five kids down and asked them what kind of business they thought would be fun. We all came up with the Milkshake Bar concept. They knew that they were going to need to earn their own money for college and their two year mission trips, and this sounded like a great plan.
My husband said that he was busy with his own job, but if I wanted to start this business I should “Go for it!” So I did! I asked my friend at church if she could help me get started with the paperwork, permits and bookkeeping and in three months, we were open! (Thank you Sheryl!)
I was told by my Blue Bell rep, “I don’t want to discourage you, but most ice cream shops close within the first year.” To that I said … “Not this little ice cream shop!” We had so many people tell us that it would not work, but we knew that this was what we were supposed to do, and so we kept going!
We are so blessed to live around so many family members who came in and scrubbed the floors, picked out paint (thank you Ciera!) and nailed up boards (thank you Gordon and Sterling!) SO … MUCH … HELP! We are forever grateful!
That was eight years ago, and we have learned so much! In that first year, we didn’t know what we didn’t know. Then the second year came and just when we thought we had figured it all out, Blue Bell famine struck! Our product was taken from every store around the country! So in a matter of hours, we had to find another supplier for a year. Then we had floods, and hurricanes and COVID … we persevered and remained open. THANK YOU to our amazing Chill Team and wonderful Chill customers.
We have been blessed with so many amazing teenagers who have quickly become part of our Chill family. In most cases, this is their first job and we love giving them a chance and helping them to learn great work ethic! In fact, when any member of our team graduates and moves on to college or a mission trip, we hang their picture on our “Chill Angel” wall.
A year ago, a dear friend and customer of eight years, came to us and said, “Hey, if you ever want to grow Chill, and open more stores, I would love to help!” So, we took the plunge and partnered with Casey, and “Chill Milkshake and Waffle Bar” was formed!
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community! We have made lifelong friends with many of our customers. It truly feels like our CHILL FAMILY! We look forward to many more years of milkshake and waffle making memories!
Kassie Boyd and Family!
Mike, Kassie, Sterling, Savannah, Stefan, Skye and Shepard