Ok, it’s not really my neighborhood. But it might as well be. I grew up right around the corner from the Falls and my husband and I pretend to live there practically ever weekend – from taking Natalie to the park, to keeping Umami in business (you can find him there at least twice a week) and just strolling the quaint, Capra-esque town. We’re probably the kind of people the locals hate, but luckily for us, we’re there so much, they likely assume we’re one of them!
And now, we’re actively supporting the latest Ohio Jeni’s, which opened in mid April. But truthfully, regardless of where they would have opened, we’d be regulars there. Because the ice cream is just that good. It’s nice to finally experience the store first-hand, and not just take-home pints of goodness or at a handful of area restaurants.
The store, which is situated right next to Starbucks, is how I pictured it to be: clean, airy, simple and overall, nicely done. There’s a highly coveted window bar for people watching, several glass milk bottle lights dangling over the premium ice cream flavors, which are proudly displayed on the giant chalk board, good reuse of some materials, like the church pews for indoor seating, wood block tiles covering the sundae bar, which is overseen by the manager in her fun, retro uniform.
We’ve been there least a dozen times (I’m pregnant, don’t judge) and I’m quite partial to mixing the Meyer lemon and black coffee in the delicious homemade waffle cone. These two flavors together are simply fantastic.
I know there are some people who question the price tag ($10 per pint or $4 for the cone I just described). But there’s local goodness in every scoop – literally. You really are supporting Ohio farmers and Ohio purveyors with each purchase, and you’re getting an exceptionally good quality, tasting product for your money. I often tell people that you’d pay $10 for a glass of wine at dinner without thinking twice, so what’s the difference? For me personally, this is money well spent – and well worth it. I’d rather pay this than save a dollar or two for a mediocre product.
Sure, we’ll still visit the Popcorn Shop (or other like places) every now and then (but I’m still holding a grudge against them for taking away my beloved lemon yogurt several years back) because sometimes, I just want mint chocolate chip – still one of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors. But the majority of our ice cream treats will come from Jeni’s. She won me over with her goat cheese and cherry a few years back and have been devoted fans since.