Hussain Kedwaii worked in IT for about 25 years before he decided to do something completely different: open an ice cream shop.
“It is fun, and you enjoy interacting with people,” Kedwaii says. “You see the whole family coming in, everybody enjoying their flavor of ice cream.”
He opened Old Town Creamery on Coit Road in 2009, and it kept the name for almost a decade. But in 2018, when Kedwaii was hoping to franchise the business, he thought Old Town was too common. So he changed the name to Ked’s Artisan Ice Cream & Treats.
“It’s also a little bit easier for people to remember,” he says.
Forget 31. At any given time, Ked’s has at least 49 flavors on display, with about 10 more in stock. In total, Ked’s produces more than 120 flavors, and the staff has plans to add more for the summer.
There’s something for everyone at Ked’s. Popular ice cream flavors include mango, sea salt caramel and an Indian flavor called kulfi. Kedwaii prefers to mix flavors. His personal favorites are banana and cinnamon topped with walnuts, and mango and passion fruit topped with pistachios.
Kedwaii, who’s originally from Pakistan, wants to introduce international flavors to the Plano community. Sometimes, he and the staff base their flavors on feedback from customers, who describe what they used to eat in their home countries.
“We try to cater to different types of people and make sure we have flavors of ice cream that nobody else has,” Kedwaii says.
In addition to ice cream, Ked’s sells crepes, waffles and boba tea.
Now that businesses are starting to open again, Ked’s is pursuing its franchising project. There was interest in expanding before the pandemic, but under the circumstances, no real progress was made. Kedwaii says he hopes to open more locations in North Texas next year.
“Kids are happy. Parents are happy,” he says. “And that makes you feel happy also.”