BY KARI FIAGLE
Heather Bergsjo and her husband, Kevin, had a dream to teach their four children about what it takes to work hard and own a business. Running a business isn’t new to the Bersjo’s; they offer vehicle service contracts for dealerships and have owned a car dealership, multiple independent direct sales businesses, along with several other business ventures in the 22 years they’ve been married. In 2018, when Heather’s teens were looking for jobs, she decided it was the perfect time to put her dream of a family business into reality, and she had a great idea for it!
Heather’s husband and his Swedish ancestry had a tie to homemade ice cream. Kevin grew up making ice cream with his grandfather, Ollie, who also made ice cream with his father, Nils. Kevin always talked about eating ice cream cones in the bed of his grandpa’s truck in the summer. Sometimes, they would make it together, and sometimes, they would go to a shop and find the best flavors. For Kevin, the love of ice cream and family bonding go hand-in-hand. The name of their shop is inspired by Nils, Kevin’s great-grandfather, who immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1901.
Nils Swedish Creamery isn’t like other ice cream shops. Together, they make all of their ice creams in small batches right in their shop. Every recipe is original to Nils and inspired by Heather’s love of travel, fresh fruits, favorite desserts like pie, and of course, Kevin’s Swedish ancestry. Their ice cream is chock full of the best, freshest, and highest-quality ingredients around. Customers know that, in every scoop of ice cream, they will get exactly what they’ve been craving since the last time they came. Heather says, “We don’t skimp on anything!”
In the Spring of 2020, during the Pandemic, they closed their shop. Customers were blowing up their inbox, trying to get their ice cream while they were home. One customer wrote them, begging them to open. He wrote, “The world needs your ice cream,” and they opened their shop on a limited basis, so customers could enjoy their ice cream.
Some of the unique flavors you will find at Nils are Crazy Coconut, White Chocolate Raspberry Habanero, Lemon Oreo, Strawberry of Fun, Brownie Explosion, Cookie Butter, and Fika Love (coffee). Recently, their Huckleberry Cheesecake was a contender in the Utah Taste-Off competition. Flavors vary by season and availability of ingredients, but every time you come in, you will be delighted by the flavors they offer!
You can easily find Nils in Farr West on 1812 N. 2000 W.
Follow Nils on Facebook at Nils Swedish Creamery and on Instagram @ nils_swedish_creamery.
Summer hours from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fri., & 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sat.
Business: Ice Cream Shop
1812 N. 2000 W., Suite 2
Farr West, UT 84404