First 100 customers to receive Free Ice Cream for a Year*

SAN DIEGO, CA, March 15, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is bringing their fun-filled flavors to the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, CA. On Thursday, March 23, 2023, the newest Handel’s is kicking off their Grand Opening celebration with the first 100 customers receiving Free Ice Cream for a Year* (purchase necessary). The Hillcrest Handel’s is located at The Hub Hillcrest Market, 1080 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92103. The Grand Opening party starts at 11:00 am

“My wife, Dianna, and I are longtime San Diego residents, and we were looking for an opportunity to come together as a family and serve our community by providing them with the best ice cream on the market. Handel’s is a growing favorite in Southern California, and we are thrilled to bring the iconic and beloved ice cream brand to Hillcrest,” said Josh Barton, Owner of the Hillcrest Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “We are very excited to celebrate our grand opening with our neighbors and area visitors!”

An official ribbon cutting with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will kick off the celebration on March 23 starting at 11:00 am. Guests will also be able to participate in a raffle where they can win a free pint once a month for a Year and more!

The Hillcrest Handel’s marks the third for the city of San Diego but joins several other San Diego County locations that have become popular in the market.

“Our favorite thing about being a part of the Handel’s brand is that we get to serve happiness to our guests each and every day,” added Barton. “We have a passion for serving and giving back to our communities, while creating jobs and growth opportunities. We look forward to doing the same with our new Handel’s location through fundraisers and other supporting initiatives.”

The Hillcrest store features local flavors including Black Cherry, Buckeye, Coffee Chocolate Chip, Graham Central Station, Oree-Dough, Salty Caramel Truffle, and more. The location offers dine-in, pickup, delivery, and catering.

The new store is a 1,383- sq. ft. walk-up window location with nine service windows across the storefront for serving guests. The store hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

For more information about the Hillcrest Handel’s, visit or follow the Hillcrest store on Instagram @HandelsHillcrest.

*A purchase is required to receive the Free Ice Cream for a Year offer.

About Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream has been in the business of making and selling fresh ice cream since 1945. Founded in Youngstown, Ohio by Alice Handel, the company continues the sweet legacy she established from her backyard garden, using fresh ingredients and upholding a commitment to quality. Each batch of Handel’s ice cream is made fresh daily, using Alice’s original methods and recipes. There are 48 flavors available daily and more than 150 flavors that rotate seasonally. Handel’s also offers sherbet, ices and fat-free with no sugar added.

In 2023, Handel’s ranked on Franchise Time’s Fast & Serious, a list of the smartest-growing franchises for the year. Handel’s has also been named #1 Ice Cream on the Planet by National Geographic, one of the Top 10 Best Ice Cream Businesses by USA Today, one of the Top 500 Restaurants in America by Nation’s Restaurant News and Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Handel’s currently has more than 90 locations across 11 states and is growing. To learn more about Handel’s franchise opportunities, visit

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