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Soft-serve ice cream: 2020 season begins when these classic parlors open

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Posted at 5:00 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 11:30:37-05

CINCINNATI – It's almost the end of winter, and that means it's time for soft-serve ice cream parlors to open their doors.

Here is a list of neighborhood places to take care of that sweet tooth.


Joe and Kristen Fields opened Whipty-Do in May 2009. Their mutual love for soft-serve ice cream and sprinkles shows in the parlor. Whipty-Do's drive-thru opened for business Feb. 17. The walk-up window will open mid-March.

Where: 2529 U.S. Route 22, Maineville
Hours of operation: 3-9 p.m. daily
Information: www.whipty-do.com

Latonia Dairy Queen

This stand-alone seasonal DQ shack has served people in the Covington neighborhood of Latonia for as long as folks can remember. It typically opens for business the first week of March.

Where: 3220 Decoursey Ave., Latonia

Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Information: www.dairyqueen.com

Zip Dip

Chris and Sue Torbeck are the fourth owners of this soft-serve ice cream shop that opened in 1950. Zip Dip offers traditional cones, frozen yogurt and more menu items. It opened for business this year on March 6.

Where: 4050 Drew Ave., Green Township
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Information: zip-dip.com

St. Bernard Dairy Queen

This neighborhood Dairy Queen has yet to announce its 2020 opening date.

Where: 4437 Vine St., St. Bernard
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Information: www.facebook.com/stbernard.dairyqueen

Flub’s Dari-ette

Flub's Dari-ette promises a little something for everyone. Mike and Ann Connaughton purchased the original Hamilton Flub’s in May 1965, and the ice cream parlor has been going strong ever since. There are now locations in Fairfield and Ross as well. The Hamilton location opened March 1. Dates for the Fairfield and Ross locations should be announced soon.

Where: 997 Eaton Ave., Hamilton; 539 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 4065 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross.
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Information: www.flubsicecream.com

Loveland Dairy Whip

The Loveland Dairy Whip opens for the season on Feb. 28. The local soft-serve shop has dished out cool treats since 1965.

Where: 611 W. Loveland Ave.
Hours of operation: 2-10 p.m. daily
Information: theldw.com

Cone Zone

The Cone Zone is owned and operated by the Sweeney family. Born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati, owners Mike and Mindy Sweeney always have been active in the community and offer their business as a gathering point for the neighborhood. The parlor opens March 13.

Where: 4101 Harrison Ave.
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Information: Facebook

The Goody Shop

Keith and Ryan Weigland wanted to open their own ice cream parlor for years. Their parlor opened for business on March 1.

Where: 2009 Springdale Road, Cincinnati
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weekday hours coming soon)
Information: www.facebook.com/goodyshopicecream

Silver Grove Dari Bar

The Dari Bar opened in this small Northern Kentucky river town in 1952. The soft-serve ice cream parlor will open in March this year.

Where: 5178 Mary Ingles Hwy., Silver Grove
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Information: www.facebook.com/silvergrovedaribar

Whippy Dip

This Northern Kentucky stand has served soft-serve ice cream for more than 13 years. It is open year-round and offers a full menu of food as well.

Where: 140 S. Main St., Crittenden
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-9 p.m. Sunday
Information: www.facebook.com/Whippy-Dip

The Root Beer Stand

The Root Beer Stand opened as an A&W root beer stand in 1957 and remains a close-knit family operation today. It opens March 14.

Where: 11566 Reading Road, Sharonville
Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Information: www.therootbeerstand.com

Gold Top Dairy Bar

The Gold Top Dairy Bar serves cones and other treats for the season. It opens March 20.

Where: 2810 Blue Rock Road, Northside
Hours of operation: Noon-10 p.m. daily
Information: goldtopdairybar.com

Dojo Gelato Northside

The Dojo Gelato's seasonal store in Northside will open April 14. The location serves the same popular flavors of handcrafted Italian-style ice creams, gelato soft serve and espresso beverages as its Findlay Market counterpart.

Where: 1735 Blue Rock Road, Northside
Hours of operation: 2-9 p.m. Thursday; 2-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Information: dojogelato.com

Putz’s Creamy Whip

A West Side tradition since 1938, the family-owned business will open March 30.

Where: 2673 Putz Place, Cincinnati
Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Information: www.putzscreamywhip.com

Don’s Creamy Whip

Don Vonderhaar of Vonderhaar Catering opened his Creamy Whip in March 1976. The parlor will open either at the end of March or first week of April.

Where: 1522 Market St., Reading
Hours of operation: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday
Information: www.facebook.com/Dons-Creamy-Whip

Pendleton Parlor

Nick Ganim opened Pendleton's first soft-serve ice cream parlor and edible cookie dough shop in late 2018. Ganim's family owns the Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery and Old Milford ice cream parlor. The Pendleton store is open year-round.

Where: 1218 Broadway St., Pendleton
Hours of operation: Noon-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Information: www.facebook.com/pendletonparlor

Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery

Mt. Washington is a summer favorite on the East Side with its soft-serve ice cream, malts and shakes. The Creamy Whip is a "retirement business" for Mary Ganim, who worked at Procter & Gamble for 27 years.

Where: 2069 Beechmont Ave.
Information: www.facebook.com/mtwashcreamywhip

The Cone

This soft-serve staple in West Chester opens April 1.

Where: 6855 Tylersville Road, West Chester
Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Information: www.thecone.com


This seasonal soft-serve stand is a staple in Covington's Latonia neighborhood. It opens for regular hours in mid-March.

Where: 3024 Madison Ave., Covington
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Information: www.facebook.com/Dari-Crest

Mr. Gene’s Dog House

This South Cumminsville ice cream shop serves soft-serve cones and sundaes, as well as hot dogs, sides and wings. The shop opened on Feb. 15.

Where: 3703 Beekman St.
Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
Information: mrgenesdoghouse.com