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Owner's of Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream - Da'Juan Hill, Nikole Hill, DJ Hill
Owners of Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream – Da’Juan Hill, Nikole Hill, DJ Hill

Website: Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream

Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream
4243 Troost Ave
KANSAS CITY, Missouri 64110
(816) 437-9132
sweetcupskcmo@gmail.com

Meet Da’Juan Hill — visionary owner behind Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream that has become a cherished part of the Kansas City community. Da’Juan’s journey into the world of sweet treats was inspired by fond memories of joyous family moments spent making and savoring ice cream. With a desire to spread happiness, Da’Juan alongside his wife, Nikole, embarked on the adventure of opening Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream and we are all grateful he did. Their commitment to treating everyone with equality and respect has not only shaped the core values of their business but has also contributed to its remarkable success. In this interview, Da’Juan shares the challenges, triumphs, and invaluable lessons learned along the way, offering insights into the heart and soul of his thriving ice cream enterprise.

What inspired you to start your business, and how did the idea come to life?

As a young boy I can remember some of my happiest times with family being when we were making and eating ice cream together. My wife and I just wanted to make people smile and make them happy when they left our establishment, so we thought why not open an ice cream shop. We are focused on community and showing love.

What were the initial hurdles or challenges you faced when launching your business?

Getting our name out there. We also had to introduce a new product to people and we had to do our research so that we could inform others. There was also the issue of finding the right ingredients to make our product stand out from the rest.

(Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream) - Strawberry Shorty Rolled Gelato
(Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream) – Strawberry Shorty Rolled Gelato

How would you describe the core values or philosophy that drive your business?

We treat everyone equally and with respect. We share love so that others will share love.

Can you share a key milestone or moment that stands out in your business journey?

September 2023 marked a year at our current location and we truly have a sense of community here. Because of our customers here, we have been able to purchase a food truck for our rolled ice cream.

How has your business evolved over time, and what adaptations have you made to stay relevant?

Our business has evolved by us growing from a brick and mortar to having both the physical business and a food truck. We have had to adapt by continuously posting on ALL social media platforms and partnering with other organizations to promote ourselves.

In what ways do you engage with and contribute to the local community through your business?

We have partnerships with the dojo next door to provide prizes for competitions they have held, we are partnering with Pet Resource Center to get donations to help them continue providing free and low cost medical care, we are partnering with Dad Against Crime to get families together and help make our community crime free.

(Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream) - Iced Caramel Macchiato
(Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream) – Iced Caramel Macchiato

What valuable lessons have you learned along the way, especially from setbacks or failures?

One huge lesson is NEVER GIVE UP! Despite all the setbacks, keep pushing through.

What accomplishments or successes are you most proud of in your business?

Making it over 2 years in our business and expanding this year.

What is your vision for the future of your eatery, and are there any upcoming plans or expansions?

We are rolling out our rolled ice cream truck this year and want to have a 2nd physical location by the end of the year.

Based on your experience, what advice would you give to individuals looking to start their own small business in the food industry?

Do your research and reach out to others for help. Don’t be afraid to take criticism and push through. Be the best at what you do and it will show to your customers.

Website: Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream

Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream
4243 Troost Ave
KANSAS CITY, Missouri 64110
(816) 437-9132
sweetcupskcmo@gmail.com

Da'Juan Hill, Nikole Hill of Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream
Da’Juan Hill, Nikole Hill of Sweet Cups Roll Ice Cream
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