When Ashley Clark was 22-years old, she was living at home in North Carolina, with her parents and her college degree, working a job she'd had since she was 15-years old. Counting the number of times he had been to a Kilwins on one hand, her dad made a suggestion out of the blue: "Why don't you open a Kilwins downtown Greenville?"
That was October 2012. Kilwins Greenville opened September 2013 on North Main Street. Since 2013, Ashley and her husband, Landon, have worked together to build a successful business with the mission of creating enjoyment and making people happy. They thought they were getting into the ice cream business, but what they soon realized is that they were in the people business. In February 2019, Landon and Ashley expanded to two locations with the purchase of an existing Kilwins franchise in Highlands, North Carolina.
One of their favorite things about owning their own business is building relationships with their team members. They teach their team to show up on time, work hard, deliver on promises, and be better communicators. They hold each other accountable and celebrate healthy conflict-something that is rare in the workplace. It didn't take long for Landon and Ashley to learn that a workforce made up of happy, satisfied team members would do anything to help them succeed.
In 2018, Ashley was selected as the South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Prior to relocating to Highlands, she was very active in the Greenville community, serving on the Fall for Greenville Board of Trustees and on the South Carolina Ducks Unlimited Board of Directors. She also volunteered as a Coach for the Greenville Chamber Minority Business Accelerator and as a Coach for Girls on the Run.
Kilwins is located on North Main Street in NOMA Square downtown Greenville at the Hyatt Regency and is operated by Nathan Stouffer. When in downtown Greenville, visit Nathan and his team and indulge in the magic of Kilwins high quality products and exceptional hospitality every day of the week.