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Gourmet ice cream comes to St. Charles

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Kim Elam loves ice cream, all kinds, all flavors. Her love of the gooey dessert began when she was a youngster.

“My mom and dad used to call me the ‘dairy queen' because I liked it so much,” said the young entrepreneur, owner of Kimmer's Ice Cream in St. Charles.

When Elam was a student at Batavia High School, she took on a summer job to pay for gas money. Where did she look for employment? Baskin Robbins.

“I worked there for years and I loved it,” said Elam. “I had a great boss who taught me a lot about the ice cream business.”

Although she had no intention of going into the ice cream business when she started her college years at the University of Iowa, she did pursue a business degree. When she graduated the idea of opening an ice cream shop just seemed like a natural transition.

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