CINCINNATI – It's never too early to start daydreaming about summertime, poolside sitting and eating soft-serve ice cream.
Nick Ganim hopes to provide the ice cream to one Cincinnati neighborhood in April or May.
That is when the Over-the-Rhine resident plans to open an ice cream parlor at 1218 Broadway St. in Pendleton. The parlor will be about a three-minute walk from Ziegler Park and it's public pool at 1322 Sycamore St.
"I've lived down in OTR for 12 years now," Ganim said. "I just have a pulse on OTR and I think that Pendleton is a really neat up and coming place."
Ganim also knows the soft-serve ice cream and sweets business. His family also owns the Mount Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery and the Old Milford Parlor. Ganim said his family has been in the dessert industry in Greater Cincinnati since the 1920s.
"We added the soft serve 11 years ago," he said.
The Pendleton shop will focus on traditional creamy whip ice cream with the addition of edible cookie dough, which Gamin introduced at Mount Washington a couple of years ago.
"Sometimes we sell more cookie dough than ice cream," he said.
The Pendleton store will also sell espresso and ice cream fusion drinks and a limited number of baked goods. The parlor will have a sit-down bar that spans the length of the space, with additional small tables. Ganim said he'd like to add some sidewalk seating if the city allows it.
Ganim also believes his shop may be the only soft-serve ice cream parlor located in the Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and Pendleton area.
"What's really great about creamy whip is between flavors and toppings people have up to a 1,000 different choices," Ganim said.