Jeni Britton, the founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams,had her first exposure to ice cream while working at an ice cream parlor in high school. After high school, Jeni was a Buckeye studying fine art and art history at The Ohio State University. Her experimentation with oils and scents at this time led her to a life-changing ice cream journey.
Jeni stays involved in her business traveling to the different Jeni’s locations. | Photo via @jenisicecreams
Jeni spent time in college mixing essential oils and creating perfumes, with the help of a friend who was a chemistry graduate student + provided her scented chemicals. After deciding tomix the essential oil cayenne pepper into chocolate ice cream, Jeni took a bite and realized immediately she wanted to make ice cream for her career. She dropped out of OSU weeks later to start her ice cream business.
Before it became Jeni’s, the ice cream shop had been given the name “Scream Ice Cream.” In 1996, Jeni earned a spot as a vendor in the North Market Downtown serving up Scream.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams officially launched in November of 2002, where they continued as a vendor in the North Market. Jeni worked at the counter in the North Market for years, building relationships with customers that turned into long lines waiting for their scoop. Some of the classic flavors of today — like Salty Caramel, Wildberry Lavender, and Brambleberry Crisp — all originated in the early years at the market.
In 2005, Jeni opened her first scoop outside of the market, which was the start of a major expansion for her ice cream company.
Pelotonia | Fri., Aug. 5-Sun., Aug. 7 | Arena District, 240 W. Nationwide Blvd. | $125+ | Participate or cheer on in the biggest bike race for cancer research in Ohio. 🚴♂️
Dublin Irish Festival | Fri., Aug. 5-Sun., Aug. 7 | Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd. | $15+ | Enjoy plenty of Irish food, music, and culture at the largest three-day Irish festival in the world. 🍀
Short North Gallery Hop | Sat., Aug. 6 | 3-7 p.m. | Short North Arts District | Free | View street performers + local art galleries, and stop by local restaurants with extended hours. 🎨
Bubble Run | Sat., Aug. 6 | 8-10 a.m. | Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard | Free | This is no ordinary 5K — walk, run, or dance your way through colorful, fluffy foam + bubbles. 🏃♂️
Candle Pouring + Smudge Sticks | Sun., Aug. 7 | 11:30 a.m. | Studio 614, 2487 Summit Street | $44+ | Get creative at this beginner workshop + follow instructions to create two summer candles and three smudge sticks. 🕯️
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The Peach Cobbler Factory, a Nashville-founded dessert chain, is headed to Columbus for its first central Ohio location. Though the address has not been disclosed, the chain will offer a variety of cobblers, banana puddings, and cinnamon rolls. 🥧 (614now)
The 13th Chick-fil-A in central Ohio is slated to open in Clintonville at 4910 N. High St. as Chick-fil-A purchased the land for $3.35 million. Demolition has officially begun on the building that used to occupy that location, which housed Tee Jaye’s Country Place for 30 years. 🍗 (Columbus Business First)
The “We Outside Comedy Tour,” with comedic headliners Michael Blackson, Bill Bellamy, Gary Owen, Tony Baker, Tony Rock, and Ryan Davis is heading to Nationwide Arena on Sat., Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.Tickets go on sale this Fri., Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. 🎤
Ohio State Football has officially begun practices ahead of the 2022 season. They will have 25 team practices before Sat., Sept. 3. Although practices are not open to the public, The Columbus Dispatch provided a photo reel of images from yesterday’s first official practice of the year. 🏈 (The Columbus Dispatch)
The Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay are hiring for food and beverage, retail, maintenance, and security positions. Open interviews will be held on Sat., Aug. 13 from 1-3 p.m. in the Lakeside Pavilion + Tues., Aug. 30 from 1-3 p.m. in the Africa Event Center. 🐘
Did you know that Schmidt’s Sausage Haus has been serving food at the Ohio State Fair since 1914? This makes Schmidtt’s not only the oldest vendor at the Ohio State Fair, but also the oldest vendor at any state fair nationwide. Stop in and try its sausages at the fair through Sun., Aug. 7. 🌭 (614now)
Jane Grote Abell, the Donatos Pizza executive chairwoman, will be delivering the summer commencement address for Ohio State summer graduates this Sun., Aug. 7 at The Schottenstein Center. Jane’s father, Jim Grote, is the founder of Donatos + she’ll be speaking about the business experience to 1600+ graduates.
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