1. Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I’m originally from Youngstown, Ohio and moved out to the Portland area in 1981 to further my career opportunities and start a family.
2. What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
I was a corporate executive for nearly 30 years and wanted to ultimately have my own business. My love for Handel’s Ice Cream began as a kid; standing in line rain or shine with my friends waiting for a single scoop of Chocolate Pecan in a waffle cone. Once I moved, I found myself shipping countless quarts of ice cream from Youngstown to Portland for my friends and family to enjoy. Many years (and too many ice cream related shipping fees) later, I officially brought a taste of home to the Pacific Northwest for all to enjoy and opened up my first store in Sherwood in June of 2017.
3. What is your favorite thing about Portland?
Beyond the convenience of Portland’s location and the accessibility to the beach, mountain and high desert all in the same day, it’s a city that continues to welcome and support small businesses, unique food and local product. The support I’ve received from the greater community has been incredible over the last couple of years and I look forward to continuing to find ways to give back.
4. What is the best part of your job?
Serving quality product to customers, helping develop my young team members and being involved in community fundraising.
5. What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
We make our ice cream fresh daily (onsite), one batch at a time, using the highest quality ingredients. We’ll always have 48 flavors available in store (inclusive of vegan and dairy free options). This year we’ve also started partnering with local suppliers to create seasonal flavors. It’s been an honor being able to highlight some of Portland’s finest product!
6. Important things a couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
It is incredibly important for the couple to communicate any dietary restrictions to ensure we can provide the right product for them. Additionally, any initial vision the couple might around how they see Handel’s being utilized at their venue to ensure we’re well equipped to execute properly.
7. Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
We offer a ton of options to cater to your individual style on your special day! Ranging from sundae bars and 4oz customizable ice cream cups, to ice cream sandwiches and frozen bananas. We’re here to help your vision come to life on your big day.