"Because everyone needs an ice cream goal"
Abel’s Ice Cream was founded in 2011 by Bill and Norma Abel, who insisted on bringing the best of the best ice cream, chocolates, and gourmet products to the Sarasota community.
Our Florida-based ice cream maker began in 1984, and has been winning awards annually ever since. Our chocolatier has been making designer confections since 1972, and our selection of gourmet foods has a successful legacy of more than twenty-five years. In 2016, Bill and Norma passed their operation to Jerry and Jill Williams, who continue to build on the Abel’s solid foundation. Bill and Norma are trusted mentors and frequently drop by for ice cream and conversation.
Hailing from Kansas City, Jerry and Jill both dreamed of retiring someplace warm. So, while vacationing in Florida a few years ago, the warm weather and sunny beaches beckoned, and the search for a second career began. Jerry’s successful career in restaurant management, coupled with Jill’s accounting and business background made them a perfect fit for business ownership.
In Abel’s Ice Cream, the Williams found not only a fantastic business, but a wonderful community of friendly people. They feel blessed to call Sarasota home, and enjoy getting involved through the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and their church. They are excited to be able to share love by continuing their involvement in the VW Hope in a Backpack and other local charitable events.