Dave Koelliker

There are many experiences and situations that go into the Howdy Homemade mission of inclusiveness. There are people that make you want to be a better person, love more and accept everyone. And there are hard times that push you to grow, learn and expand your views and opinions. But is there an event that encompasses all of the above?

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Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Being sick can give you lots of time to think and ponder. It also makes you wonder if being hit by a semi would be less painful. I’ve had the flu recently. In between feeling sorry for myself and long hours sitting up at night making deals with God that I will be much nicer if I can just get some relief from this flu, I kept hearing the song in my head, “People in your Neighborhood,” the beloved Sesame Street song from my childhood.

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Future Employee: Asher Ames

While the rest of our employees work on their bios, I’ll continue to post ideas or stories that come to me as I am constantly thinking about inclusiveness and love. This post is about a future Howdy employee, a boy that has a hold of my heart.

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Employee Life Story: Zach Morris

I can’t tell you exactly when I met Zach Morris, but as long as I can remember he has been my son Wil’s best friend. Zach has become family and is now another one of our amazing employees. When we dreamed of opening Howdy, we knew we needed Zach to help us.

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Employee Life Story: Kurtis

One of our greatest gifts from raising a special needs child is without a doubt the people we meet and become friends with. This definitely applies to Kurtis and his family. We met Kurtis and his family years ago at the Pingree School for Children with Autism. We loved our years there but eventually transitioned into public school and lost track of many of our friends. Now years later our paths have crossed again.

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Hi Ho Howdy

It’s Christmas time at Howdy. Spirits are high, Christmas music fills the air, and dancing is a given. This is our second Christmas since we opened and it just may be my favorite time at Howdy. I love seeing so many families and friends enjoying some ice cream and taking in the good feelings at Howdy. 

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Heidi Nielson
Are We Not All Special?

Although we may not have apparent or obvious disabilities or struggles, we are all special. In this post I want to let you in on a disability I have had all my life and how it has helped to instill in me a sense of compassion for those with more apparent disabilities.

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The Beginning

It all began on a beautiful beach in Maui. Our dear friends Dave and Becky Burbidge asked us, “What is Jack going to do after graduation?” Our response was, “Not sure, any ideas?” And there it was: They had visited an ice cream shop in Dallas, Texas. It was located in the Highland Park area and they employed individuals with special needs. This was it!

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Heidi Nielson
You Had Me at Howdy

A blog? I begin this not even really knowing what a blog is. I am 52 years old and very content to stay in my own space. Creating a blog that would let you in on the life of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream in Salt Lake City, Utah is not something I ever planned on.

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