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A Brief Interview with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams opened a new “mini Jeni’s” location at Columbus Commons just two short months ago to throngs of adoring fans and new converts. Their truly splendid ice creams perfectly complement a delightful day at the park and are showcased opposite another local favorite that recently opened a location at the Commons, Mikey’s Late Night Slice (featured in last week’s blog post). Read on for a brief interview with Jeni Britton Bauer, founder, owner, and flavor guru of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, not to mention James Beard Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, about the new Jeni’s location at Columbus Commons.

Jeni, what drew you to the Columbus Commons location for Mini Jeni’s?

We're proud to be a part of Columbus’ ongoing urban renewal and downtown's revitalization. The Commons is great symbol of all the amazing things happening throughout Columbus. Putting a seasonal shop there just made sense. We thought it would be great to serve ice cream where there are lots of people hanging around outside, listening to music, and riding the carousel. Ice cream is the only thing that makes riding a carousel more fun for anyone.

When starting a new shop, how do you decide what flavors of ice cream are best suited for the location?

First, we go with the crowd favorites. And then if my favorites aren't part of that lineup, then we add as many of those as space in the shop allows. Our full-size, year-round shops carry everything, but our "mini Jeni's" aren't physically big enough to carry every flavor. But, with the Commons shop, we wanted to do something special, which is why we're selling the J-Bar there. The only other shop where it's available is Easton.

What flavors and products have been most popular at the Mini Jeni’s at the Commons?

Our new J-Bars! They are killing it, because they are so unbelievably delicious. Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean ice cream, with Caramel Sauce, and smoked almonds covered with a rich, dark chocolate shell.

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Next time you’re craving a delicious scoop of ice cream or a heavenly J-Bar, c’mon down to the Commons to check out the new Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams location! For hours of operation, click here.