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

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Mar 01, 2019
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CINCINNATI – It's summer and these classic soft-serve ice cream parlors are ready to help you cool off with a cool treat.

Here is a list of classic 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 show in the parlor. Whipty-Do's drive-thru opened for business Feb. 20.

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 opened for business on March 1.

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. It opened for business this year on March 1.

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 opened for business the last week in February.

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.

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 has served cool treats since 1965 and opened on March 1.

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 opened March 8.

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 9.

Where: 2009 Springdale Road, Cincinnati
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
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 opened on March 16 for this year’s sweet treat season.

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 opened March 16.

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.

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 opened for its third season March 23. 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 opened on March 25.

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 opened at the end of March for the season.

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

Greenhills Creamy Whip

Tracey and David Rieger bought the Creamy Whip in Greenhills in 2012 from its prior owner. The soft-serve ice cream shop has been a neighborhood staple for 30 years.

Where: 1/2 Eswin St., Greenhills
Information: www.facebook.com/TheCreamyWhip

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, open since 1973, will be open through September.

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 opened for regular hours on March 14.

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

Not only does this South Cumminsville ice cream shop serve soft-serve cones and sundaes, it also sells hot dogs, sides and wings starting Feb. 15 through the first Friday in November.

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