Comings & Goings: Frost gelato coming to Naperville

's not just about the detailed presentation nor the authentic Italian quality of gelato and sorbets at Frost, a Gelato Shoppe, to open later this summer in downtown Naperville, but also about great customer service.
's not just about the detailed presentation nor the authentic Italian quality of gelato and sorbets at Frost, a Gelato Shoppe, to open later this summer in downtown Naperville, but also about great customer service. "It's all about the Frost experience," say franchise owners Steve Rams and Kurt Bruksch. | Submitted

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Frost: A Gelato Shoppe

Where: Main Street Promenade East, Naperville

Call: 847-432-2233

Email: rams@frostgelato.com

Web: frostgelato.com/chicago

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (tentatively)

Acceleration Sports Performance Naperville

Where: 1740 W. Quincy Ave., Naperville

Call: 630-355-6600

Email: info@accelerationpro.com

Web: accelerationpro.com

Hours: 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Frost: A Gelato Shoppe has plans to offer original recipe gelato and sorbet to Naperville’s downtown visitors starting later this summer.

“We are excited to bring the Frost experience to Naperville,” says franchise owner Steve Rams, of their second Illinois location at the Main Street Promenade East along Van Buren and Main streets.

“We did look at Naperville first,” Rams says.

At the time, he says, they could not find a suitable location here, so he and his franchise partner, Kurt Bruksch, opened their first store in Highland Park in November 2011 with much success.

Frost offers 38 flavors of Italian gelato and sorbet, made fresh daily using imported Italian ingredients that are “authentically crafted,” Rams says.

“We will have 25 gelato flavors and 12 sorbet flavors fresh daily,” Rams says.

He says there is a misconception that gelato is heavier than regular ice cream.

“It has 80 percent less fat and half the calories of U.S. ice cream,” he says.

The sorbets are dairy free, and fat-free frozen delights have less than 100 calories per 4-ounce serving. Two dietary flavors will be available at all times. Adding milk shakes, hot and iced-blended coffee drinks further encourage “customers to just stay and hang out,” Rams says.

And although the store’s design is “almost sterile” looking with lots of whites, cool grays and blues, the customer service is what gives it warmth, Rams adds.

“Every customers is also offered a glass of water to enhance the almost dense and rich flavors of the gelato,” he says.

Rams, who started his career as a private banker with Credit Suisse, was first introduced to Frost when visiting his in-laws in Tuscon. When deciding on dinner locations, his wife’s parents were only concerned with one thing: “Is it close to Frost?” remembers Rams. “That’s all that mattered.”

To apply for several open positions, visit www.frostgelato.com/careers.

Doubling capacity

Chris Minor is more than happy with the business he opened seven years ago at 1740 Quincy Ave. Acceleration Sports Performance Naperville, a training facility for youth and adult athletes, recently doubled in capacity, he says.

In the beginning, he was looking for an outlet for his kinesiology degree. He thought it would go to good use training beginners to aspiring athletes to achieve their goals.

Minor says he relies primarily on word-of-mouth recommendations.

“We want our clients to find us, then they are really serious,” he adds.

Working with former NFL professional football player J.R. Niklos has given the facility an added edge, Minor says. They cater to almost 200 athletes daily.

“We have sent 70 athletes to division I colleges,” Minor says.

One of his protégées has made it professionally in Italy; another is playing at Notre Dame.

“We focus on the athleticism and confidence,” Minor says. “We want to get their body to perform more efficiently. Build core stability.”

Using a variety of equipment from specialty treadmills to rudimentary training approaches, athletes as young as 7 years old can benefit from any one of the three performance programs: speed, agility or power sessions.

A second location also recently was opened in Lisle.

Know of a business coming to or leaving Naperville? Contact Daina Saleh at dainasunbiz@gmail.com.

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