Few businesses can say that their product brings an instant smile to people’s faces, but that’s exactly what Moosie’s does. The cheerfully designed ice cream shop in the heart of Kensington San Diego is a hub for individuals and families alike. Today, we get to talk to Bill Thompson, owner of Moosie’s and a 2022 Premier Sponsor of the KTBA.
1 | Thank you for chatting with us, Bill. Could you please tell us about yourself, your business, and why you decided to join KTBA?
I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago but have called San Diego home for 22 years.
I have a 30-year background in sales—mostly in the financial industry. Being a new business owner on Adams Avenue, I knew joining KTBA was a must for advice, networking & new friendships.
2 | Moosie’s has been a community staple for some time now. Have you always been in the ice cream business? If not, what made you decide to open up an ice cream shop?
I never dreamed I’d own an ice cream shop!
I was looking for a small business to supplement my current income when I found out Moosie’s was for sale. And the rest is history.
3 | What is your favorite thing for people to try when they visit Moosie’s for the first time?
I have to answer that “things.” Our fresh-made waffle cones/bowls, shakes, and malts.
You’ll be wowed.
4 | What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Moosie’s, or your story in general?
Two things come to mind.
- Our delicious old-fashioned ice cream is provided by the Fosselman family in Alhambra, CA, and no additives or preservatives are used.
C.A. Fosselman started the company in 1919. I deal with his great-grandson, John Fosselman. It’s a remarkable story, and at 103 years, they are one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the U.S.!
- I am proud to have employed over 15 high school and college-age kids during my almost 4 years of ownership. Many worked here for over 2 years, and almost all of them were/are local kids; Kensington, Normal Heights, Talmadge. Most saved their earnings to eventually help pay for college.
I feel good about that.