Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, an artisan ice-cream company, will open its 34th location on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Design Center of the Carolinas at 1920 Camden Road. The company was founded by Jeni Britton Bauer, a James Beard award-winning author of two cookbooks, in Columbus, Ohio in 2002.
The 1,100-square-foot space in Charlotte is a modern, jewel box offering both inside and outdoor seating. Inside, there’s a bar table that seats ten people. Outside, there’s a window bar with ten more stools, four bistro patio tables along with a stadium seating setup where customers can gather.
“All of our shops have unique touches to the neighborhood or the city we’re in. Overall, we try and keep it similar, that when you walk into a Jeni’s no matter if you’re here in Charlotte or out in LA, it still feels the same,” said Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and chief creative officer. “You’re going to get the same customer service, you’re going to get the same quality of ice cream and the same waffle cone experience.”
What made Jeni’s want to open in Charlotte, specifically in South End?
“We’ve been shipping ice cream straight to homes for years, and have a loyal following in North Carolina,” said Bauer. “Charlotte was on our radar because it’s just a growing, vibrant community.”
Bauer added, “We think about walkability a lot when we look for new locations. We wanted to feel like our scoop shop adds to an existing sense of community. South End is exactly that.”
Bauer also mentioned that there may be more Jeni’s locations coming to the Charlotte-area in the future.
If you haven’t ever been to a Jeni’s before, we asked the team what their top five most popular flavors were so we could help you out on your first order. Try not to drool at your desk…
Brown Butter Almond Brittle
Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks
I tried the Brambleberry Crisp on top of the Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks, and have truly never been happier at 10 a.m.
Bauer makes the base of the ice cream from whole ingredients and dairy from grass-pastured cows, rather than synthetic flavorings and commodity ice cream mix. In regards to toppings, the ice cream shop offers just two different types of sprinkles, so the ice cream can be the real star of the show.
The scoop shop also has homemade butter-crusted waffle cones.
“There is no other cone out there like it,” said Jordan Mork, district manager at Jeni’s. Mork told us that Jeni describes it as a pie crust, which brings a little saltiness to the sweet treat.
A single full scoop is $5, two half scoops (in a bowl or cone) aka a Standard is $5, three half scoops (served in a bowl with a waffle wedge) aka a Trio is $6, while one half kids scoop (with a special cone and choice of sprinkles) is just $4.
Jeni’s will be open Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Their grand opening event will start at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. And make sure to introduce yourself to Bauer, who will be handing out free ice cream all night long. The first 50 guests in line will even get a special swag bag.
If you can’t wait until Aug. 9, you can try out some of their pint flavors in places like Publix and Whole Foods. You can also purchase pints, sauces, merchandise and more from their website.