Mikaela Endress, 19, and Kami Stahl, 18, are best friends. It’s been that way ever since they were young.
“We just balance each other out,” said Endress. “We’ve worked together our whole life. Like we’ve been together through everything. So we know each other.”
But the two are not you’re typical teens. They’re entrepreneurs out of Brimfield. Last year, Endress and Stahl opened Kamaela’s Kreamery–a mobile ice cream shop.
“We always had the common bond of love for ice cream,” Endress said.
They say the community response to Kamaela’s Kreamery has been incredible.
“This year we were planning on contacting people but honestly we haven’t,” said Stahl. “Everybody’s been contacting us which has been super awesome.”
The two worked with a family friend to secure the trailer for Kamaela’s Kreamery. And when they’re not hosting pop-up events, the trailer is stored at Stahl’s parents’ Christmas tree farm.
Stahl and Endress say they’re grateful for all of the support they’ve received from family and friends. But as young entrepreneurs, they’ve experienced their bouts of challenges. Running the business has been a juggling act for Endress–a full time college student at Illinois Central College and Stahl who works full time.
Endress said, “You don’t always get to do everything you want to do. We’re both pretty social. So our social lives have definitely had to give a little bit, but it’s a good thing we’re best friends and get along ‘cuz then our social life kind of rotates around each other and ice cream.”
While Endress and Stahl say they don’t have a long term plan for Kamaela’s Kreamery, they’re excited to see where the future takes them.
“Right now, our dream is to just to keep going with this for now and we’ll just kind of see how long it stays around,” Stahl said.
Kamaela’s Kreamery will be open until September and then re-open mid April of next year.