Ample Hills Creamery is traveling west in more ways than one. What started as a mom-and-pop shop on a quiet corner in Brooklyn has grown beyond our wildest dreams—with our first West Coast scoop shop opening late this summer! To kick off our big move, our founders Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna are driving cross-country. With their two kids Kaleo and Nonna, Brian and Jackie are packing up, hopping into an RV and driving cross-country. It’s a family road trip with a sweet twist.
At some of the stops along the way, our founders and their kids will be giving away free ice cream. They’ll be scooping at square dances, RV parks and more! Brian and Jackie couldn’t be more thrilled for the chance to mingle with folks while sharing their favorite flavors. It’s our treat. Check out our route to see if we’re coming to your neck of the woods. And follow our adventures on social media to find out where and when we’re scooping. We’d love to share our ice cream with you.
But you might have noticed we’re calling this trip “Churning Across America.” So where’s the churning? Don’t worry, we have even more planned.
While driving East to West, Brian and Jackie will churn brand new flavors celebrating the stories of every stop. Echoing how we create shop-specific flavors dedicated to the neighborhood of each individual scoop shop, our founders will take their inspiration from each region’s rich history. With every spoonful, we want to honor the people and culture that make every place so unique. In this way, each new flavor should taste both original and familiar (at least to locals). After all, every community already has its own distinct flavor. We just want to churn it into reality.
We’re even bringing Ample Hills’ one-of-a-kind ice cream churning bicycle along for the ride.
We don't have any times set in stone because—as anyone who's gone on a road trip with kids before knows—anything can happen. But we think that's part of the fun. There's potential for anything! Follow @amplehills on social media for updates every day of the journey. We're excited to see what happens. Every day will be a surprise!
Harpers Ferry, WV: On July 26, Brian, Jackie and their kids will be looking for inspiration for our first Churning Across America flavor. Stay tuned to our social media to see where we are. We might just have a sweet surprise in store.
Elkins, WV: Ice Cream Social! On July 27th, Brian and Jackie will be spending the night at Augusta Heritage Center's swing & square dance. Be there or be square!
Ann Arbor, MI: Ice Cream Social! On July 28th, Brian and Jackie will be scooping all evening at Zingerman's Roadhouse. Join us!
St. Louis, MO: Brian, Jackie and their kids will be driving down R66 on Monday July 30th in search of the best Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. Give us your suggestions!
Arcadia, OK: Ice Cream Social! On August 1st, Brian and Jackie will spend lunch scooping floats at the iconic POPS along R66. We can't wait to see what flavors Brian and Jackie find!
Roswell, NM: Getting extraterrestrial inspiration for our Churning Across America flavor!
Santa Fe, NM: Ice Cream Social! On August 4th, Brian and Jackie will be scooping all lunch long at Kakawa Chocolates in Santa Fe, NM.
Durango, CO: Brian, Jackie and their kids will be driving through Durango, looking for more local flavors to incorporate in their next Churning Across America ice cream flavor! If you live near here, we'd love recommendations! And stay tuned...we might just make a last minute appearance.
Moab, UT: Brian and Jackie will be churning a flavor here and scooping for their fellow campers.
Bryce, UT: With their kids in tow, Brian and Jackie will be visiting the parks and places in Bryce for inspiration. Follow along @amplehills
Zion National Park: Brian and Jackie will be taking in the sights! It's a vacation, after all. Catch them on a hike.
Los Feliz, CA: Our destination! Our founders will be ending their trip at the front door of our newest scoop shop in Los Feliz. We'll be checking up on the progress and getting to know the community, ensuring we're ready to open our doors later this summer.
From the beginning, Ample Hills has been committed to contributing to communities in as many ways as we can. Whether it’s just a tight-knit group of friends or an entire state, at the heart of every community lies the simple power of people coming together. Even something as small as going out for ice cream provides an opportunity for people to meet—open-hearted people sharing their stories, smiles and lives. It’s these small moments that have cultivated the diverse communities sprinkled all over our nation. And in difference, there is strength. We can’t wait to celebrate what makes each one of these regions different—and so special—by sharing their stories in a scoop.
Stay tuned for the whole road trip to indulge in our touristy antics, uncover opportunities to win free ice cream and learn about our new flavors. Pop on over to our instagram @amplehills to tag friends and businesses along on our route; we’ll surprise a lucky few with ice cream. Brian and Jackie are getting behind the wheel on July 26—barely one week from now! We’re getting ready to take this show on the road.