Rachel Burns

This post was originally published on St. Louis American

By Sylvester Brown, Jr.

Nestled in the scenic town of Park Hills, in St. Francois County, MO., sits a unique, niche 100% Black-owned business called Bold Spoon Creamery. 

In January 2021, Rachel Burns and her husband, Corey Wilkinson, decided to sell their University City home and move Rachel’s business to the historic antebellum town about seven miles northwest of Farmington. 

Rachel, who started making premium small batch ice cream in 2017, had grown the business to a point where she needed more commercial and garden space for her product. The fact that she officially started selling ice cream at the beginning of a global pandemic that crippled thousands of businesses nationwide, speaks to Rachel’s tenacity, resolve and, most important, ability to “pivot.” 

“Initially my business plan was to sell primarily to restaurants,” Burns explained. “So, you can imagine in March 2020 that was not a viable option because restaurants were closing or only doing curbside services. I wouldn’t call it a set-back. It was more of a pivot. I had to find a new avenue.”

I wouldn’t call it a set-back. It was more of a pivot. I had to find a new avenue.”

RACHEL BURNS, OWNER OF BOLD SPOON CREAMERY

The Bold Spoon Creamery story speaks to the spirit of entrepreneurism. It began in 2017 when one of Corey’s college friends brought his family to the couple’s house for a summer swim. A year or so earlier, Corey had planted mint that came to dominatethe backyard. Rachel remembered the Cuisinart ice cream maker she had in her basement for years and, on a whim, decided to grab some mint and make a batch of homemade mint ice cream for their visitors.

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