Fab40: Rachel Kesler

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Rachel Kesler is passionate about business and ice cream, which makes running two Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream franchises (in Orem and Lehi) a perfect swirl. Ice cream is the family’s native language. Rachel’s in-laws also run a few Handel’s Ice Cream shops in California. See page 47 to find out what National Geographic had to say about Handel’s. And .. fun fact! When Rachel and her husband/business partner got married in California a couple of years ago, she and Cole served Handel’s Ice Cream at their wedding. Rachel and Cole are currently scooping up more Handel’s locations all around Utah — Look out, Saratoga Springs!

Rickety Ride “I struggled to find a solid group of friends throughout junior high and high school. There was a point where I had nobody to confide in besides my family. This experience pushed me out of my comfort zone. I formed my own opinions about topics, stood my ground and learned how to feel comfortable being alone. I am so grateful for the genuine friends I’ve made throughout my life.“

Merry-Go-Round Moment “I would love to relive my wedding day — It was such a dream! My husband and I got married in Newport Beach. Three weeks before our wedding, the venue was shut down due to fire code issues. I spent hours researching new venues and re-planning the entire wedding from a different state. Somehow, it all came together despite many tears. The actual day was care-free and dreamy.”

Top of the Ferris Wheel “Opening two Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream stores during a pandemic was pretty wild! I never thought I would own and manage an ice cream store, but it has been quite the ride. I have learned so much about running a business, how to create a life-work balance and I’ve eaten way too much ice cream!”

Firework Finish “In the future, I hope to open and manage more Handel’s shops in Utah County, live in a beautiful home, teach/do Pilates everyday, and attempt to raise a few cute kiddos!”

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