These classic soft-serve ice cream spots ready to deliver cold treats

Posted: 7:00 AM, Mar 20, 2016
Updated: 2018-05-15 14:57:58Z

CINCINNATI -- Now that warm weather is here, many people are hankering for a soft-serve ice cream cone or other cool treats.

Here is a list of classic neighborhood places to take care of that sweet tooth, with their 2018 opening dates.

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 Feb. 23.

Where: 3220 Decoursey Ave., Latonia
Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Mt. Healthy Dairy Bar

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

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.

Where: 1680 Gelhot Drive, Fairfield
Hours of operation: Noon-9 p.m. daily

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 2.

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

St. Bernard Dairy Queen

This neighborhood Dairy Queen opened March 1.

Where: 4437 Vine St., St. Bernard
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday

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. 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

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


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

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 on March 2.

Where: 4101 Harrison Ave.
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

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.

Where: 2009 Springdale Road, Cincinnati
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends

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 17 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

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 1:30-9 p.m. Sunday

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 19.

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

Gold Top Dairy Bar

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

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.

Where: 1735 Blue Rock Road, Northside
Hours of operation: To be announced

Putz’s Creamy Whip

A West Side tradition since 1938, the family-owned business opened on March 26.

Where: 2673 Putz Place, Cincinnati
Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Don’s Creamy Whip

Don Vonderhaar of Vonderhaar Catering opened his Creamy Whip in March 1976. The parlor opened on April 2.

Where: 1522 Market St., Reading
Hours of operation: Hours change depending upon the season.

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. It opened on April 6.

Where: 1/2 Eswin St., Greenhills

Pendleton Creamy Whip

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.

Where: 1218 Broadway St., Pendleton

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. The parlor opened April 2.

Where: 2069 Beechmont Ave.

The Cone

This soft-serve staple in West Chester, open since 1973, is hiring for its 2018 season. Opening day has not yet been announced.

Where: 6855 Tylersville Road, West Chester


This seasonal soft-serve stand is a staple in Covington's Latonia neighborhood. It opened March 3.

Where: 3024 Madison Ave., Covington
Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Norwood Delite Creamy Whip

Heads-up: This creamy whip is cash only, so come prepared. It opened April 15.

Where: 4490 Forest Ave.

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 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