Jackie and Brian with their children, Nonna and Kaleo
Ample Hills first gained unexpected notoriety for being the ice cream shop so popular we closed after four days. Brian and Jackie were prepared for failure when they opened their new business, but not for unending lines and definitely not for success. In the years since reopening, Ample Hills has battled heatwaves and never-ending lines, and remains committed to not closing its doors again. (Except for the brief makeover.) Sure, we still sell out of the Salted Crack Caramel on occasion, but our first four days taught us an invaluable lesson about running a business, the people-power required to do so and made us truly value our amazingly supportive community.
To celebrate, every year on our anniversary we host a Sell Out Celebration at our original location in Prospect Heights. As each flavor sells out, we decrease the cost of the a small scoop until the last few are free.
We started the day (May 22nd) with 24 fresh tubs of ice cream. Surprisingly, the first flavor to fall was Strawberries & Cream at 5:37pm. Unsurprisingly, it was followed shortly by Salted Crack Caramel and Peppermint Pattie. The price of a small scoop dropped steadily over the course the next few hours, at first by 10 cents and then around 7pm, things started to get interesting...
With a line wrapped around the shop and out the door, less than 10 flavors remaining and our scoops priced at $1.50, we sang "Happy Birthday" to the shop over an ooey gooey sundae.
At 9:15pm, the final flavors were FREE and we brought out a few extra tubs of The Munchies and The Commodore to serve the remainder of the line until close. It was one of our busiest Sundays in five years of business.
Thank you so much for your continued support and patience. We are so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and for our hardworking and ever-smiling staff. Thank you for joining us and tolerating these shenanigans year after year--selling out never tasted so good!
xo, The Amployees