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Kilwins Gainesville | 106 Spring St. SE, Suite 120 | Open noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon- 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday + noon-6 p.m. Saturday
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Aug. 14, 2023) – I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for ice cream and lucky for us, Kilwins Gainesville has just that and more to satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth.
We have franchisee/store owners Jeff and Genia Reid to thank for bringing a taste of Kilwins to downtown Gainesville, which serves up all the premium icecream, hand-loafed fudge, chocolate-dipped confections, caramel apples and brittle your sweets-loving heart could desire, plus other smile-inducing treats.
A newcomer to the historic square, Kilwins Gainesville (suite 120) is located in the Gainesville Renaissance building on Spring Street, joining ground-level neighbors like Cotto Modern Italian (suite 100), Boarding Pass Coffee (suite 140), Onward Reserve (suite 150) and Taqueria Tsunami (suite 160).
Learn the ins and outs of Kilwins Gainesville, what makes it a Must-Try Monday-worthy stop and why you should make it a destination the next time you're in downtown Gainesville by reviewing the Q+A below.
Q: When did your business open and where? If your business has operated at other locations, please list those.
A: Kilwins Gainesville opened in early April 2023 on "the fourth side of the square" in downtown Gainesville. Kilwins Gainesville (suite 120) is located in the Gainesville Renaissance multi-use development on Spring Street, joining ground-level neighbors like Cotto Modern Italian (suite 100), Boarding Pass Coffee (suite 140), Onward Reserve (suite 150) and Taqueria Tsunami (suite 160).
Q: How long have you been operating on the historic square in downtown Gainesville?
A: Since early April 2023!
Q: What drew you to operate your business in downtown Gainesville?
A: Opening a business on the square comes full-circle for Genia Reid. Her first job as a 16-year-old was selling shoes at Millner’s Department Store, and Kilwins Gainesville is located just around the corner from that site. “For me, it’s like coming home,” she said, “with all the hometown vibes!”
Q: What kinds of products and/or services does your business offer to the public?
A: Kilwins Gainesville is a sweet-lover's paradise, offering premium ice creams and sundaes (including ready-to-take freshly crafted icecream cakes); various flavors of fudge like vanilla sea salt-caramel fudge and coconut-infused German fudge; candy-coated confections like chocolate-dipped cookies, nuts and pretzels; caramel apples with various toppings; brittles and popcorns; refreshing Kilwins Koolers, etc. Kilwins Gainesville is perfect for those desiring a sweet treat on the run or the perfect gift for that friend, peer or loved one.
Q: Can you give some examples of unique products and/or services you offer that aren’t easily replicated elsewhere in town?
A: Stop in and sample some freshly-made fudge, and try some of our favorite products like dark chocolate sea salt-caramel apples, chocolate-dipped confections and any flavor of Kilwins’ super-premium original recipe ice cream in a freshly-made waffle cone.
Q: Do you target a specific audience? If so, can you please specify?
A: Kilwins Gainesville aims to serve anyone and everyone!
Q: What is your favorite “must try” item you offer and why? Feel free to name more than one!
A: You can't go wrong with any flavor of Kilwins' premium icecream or caramel apples.
Photo cutline | The entrance to Kilwins Gainesville located at 106 Spring St. SE, suite 120, at the ground level of the Gainesville Renaissance building. Find additional photos shared via the @GainesvilleGeorgiaGovernment Facebook page.