A Cincinnati staple since the 1950s, Mt. Healthy Dairy Bar was one of the first soft-serve ice cream spots to open this year. The classic stand started dishing ice cream Feb. 28.
Where: 7840 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Information:www.facebook.com/MHDB98
The Dip: Ice Cream & More
Tom and Susan Macke opened the Dip in 2008, welcoming all to their establishment with hopes of offering a unique ice cream experience. “Dipsters,” as employees are called, started serving ice cream on March 3.
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 2.
Where: 4050 Drew Ave., Green Township Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Information:zip-dip.com
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. The Fairfield location opened April 2 and the Ross store opened March 26.
Where: 997 Eaton Ave., Hamilton; 539 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 4065 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross. Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday Information:www.flubsicecream.com
Loveland Dairy Whip
The Loveland Dairy Whip has served cool treats since 1965 and opened for business on March 2 this year.
Where: 611 W. Loveland Ave. Hours of operation: 2-9 p.m. daily spring/fall and 2-10 p.m. daily summer Information:http://theldw.com
Joe and Kristen Fields opened Whipty-Do in May 2009. Their mutual love for soft-serve ice cream and sprinkles show in the parlor, which opened this year on March 2.
Where: 2529 U.S. Route 22, Maineville Hours of operation: 3-9 p.m. daily Information:www.whipty-do.com
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 on March 2.
Where: 4101 Harrison Ave. Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday Information:www.cone-zone.com
The Goody Shop
Keith and Ryan Weigland wanted to open their own ice cream parlor for years. Their parlor opened for its second year on March 3.
The Gold Top Dairy Bar serves cones and other treats for the season. It opened March 20.
Where: 2810 Blue Rock Road, Northside Hours of operation: Noon-9 p.m. daily Information:goldtopdairybar.com
Dojo Gelato Northside
The Dojo Gelato seasonal store opened March 20 in Northside. The location serves the same popular flavors of handcrafted Italian-style ice creams, gelato soft serve and espresso beverages as its Findlay Market counterpart.
Nick Ganim plans to open Pendleton's first soft-serve ice cream parlor in late April or early May. Ganim's family owns the Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery and Old Milford ice cream parlor. The Pendleton store will also serve edible cookie dough alongside ice cream and coffee fusion drinks.
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. The parlor opened April 2.