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Out & About: Kayla Lilly, Co-owner of Lilly Pad Dairy Bar

Out & About: Kayla Lilly, Co-owner of Lilly Pad Dairy Bar
Kayla Lilly is the co-owner of The Lily Pad Dairy Bar. It is located at 309 Windsor Ave., where the Dairy Bar had formerly been for a number of years before yet another business called Faddy's had called it home. The Lilly Pad is an ice cream and dessert destination with a motto of, "It's what's on the inside that counts." They were established in June of 2016. It is co-owned by Kayla, her brother, Kyle, and younger sister, Krystin. The Lilly Pad is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Kayla was born and raised in Hartford for a few years until her parents moved to Windsor (Poquonock) in 2000. For about eight years, Kayla danced with the Connecticut Ballet. She went to Western New England University where she majored in Business Management and minored in Sustainability. Kayla says, "Which ties into food safety and all that stuff. Just the way that food is processed in general so being knowledgeable of all those things that was of some interest to me." She is a 2014 graduate with a Bachelor's degree. Kyle attended the Central Connecticut State University and graduated in 2014 as well. Younger sister, Krystin attended the University of Hartford, majored in Acting Training. She had worked with her older siblings for the first summer the Lilly Pad was in business before moving to New York. Kayla says, "She still works with us and helps with our social media portion of the business.

Their parents, Andre & Kimberly have run Lilly Caterers for thirty years, starting in South Windsor for four years, before moving to Windsor Ave., where they have been since then for twenty-six years. Kayla and her siblings had worked alongside their parents from an early age. As Kayla explains it, "About ten years ago the building was remodeled in the old Dairy Bar that was self-standing." That was before the building was connected to Lilly Caterers. "We took over the ice cream business and here we are."

It was through weekend visits to an ice cream shop at 139 Broad St. (now occupied by Track 139) called More Than Ice Cream, and Kyle's love of the frozen dessert, which inspired the siblings to create their own ice cream business. The Lilly Pad is very successful so far in their third summer of being open. "Business is going great! We have seen growth. We're doing even better this summer than the past two summers." They decided to close during the winter and that works fine, considering ice cream is more of a seasonal treat. It's not just hard ice cream that the Lilly Pad sells. Their menu includes daiquiris, milkshakes, specialty sundaes, sorbet, avalanche (choice of any soft serve ice cream with two toppings), and flower power (soft serve ice cream and any daiquiri flavors). They have about a dozen types of toppings too. Although the Lilly Pad does just fine with word of mouth advertising, they do like to use social media because many of their customers use it. They have Facebook and an Instagram account where you show your ice cream from the Lilly Pad and in return, you'll receive 10% off your next purchase. Their decor is pink, and with that, they serve pink soft serve ice cream.

How she feels about our town? "Windsor is our home. We shop here. We live here. We work here." The Lilly family has always attended the Shad Derby. They love to go to Dom's Broad St. Eatery.

The family is part of Faith Church of Hartford, which they have partnered with. Kyle is very much involved with music, whether at church or attending festivals.

Three words that describe Kayla: family-oriented, optimistic, inviting


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May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 2 at Windsor Train Station Studios
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 5 at WAC Train Station Studios
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Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Hypertension Workshop
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Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Virtual Book Club
Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 12 at WAC Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Learn How to Lead Like a Pro
Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
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Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Camino de Santiago Lecture
Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor House Tour is Back!
Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Strawberry Festival and Vendor Fair
Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 21 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios