Neighborhood ice cream shops that deliver on memories, community and taste
Charlotte's Ice Cream
Year opened 2007 What You'll Find This pastel pink and white, '50s-themed shop blasts Elvis, hosts classic car shows and serves 14 sundaes, classic soft-serve flavors, 16 milkshakes, seven slushies and more. most Popular Treat Ohio State fans cheer for the Peanut Butter Buckeye parfait ($4.75), a skyscraping cup of ice cream full of buckeyes and slightly hardened peanut butter syrup. Most Creative treat Ask for the Flavor Bomb ($4.25) and you'll get a large ice cream cone infused with all eight varieties of a Flavor Burst soft-serve machine, including blue goo, mocha cappuccino and mint. Why We Love IT "They have the best sugar cones," says 10-year-old Megan Carroll. "And it's cool how the place is old-fashioned."
1250 Lost Nation Road, Willoughby, 440-946-3152, charlottesicecream.com
Avon Dairy Treat
Year opened 1970 What You'll Find This walk-up ice cream shop has enough picnic tables for a whole Little League team, which makes "The Lick" — as locals call it — the perfect postgame hang out. most Popular Treat The orange sherbet vanilla cone ($1.95) is famous for tasting like a Creamsicle. Most Creative treat Request the Spencer ($5.25) with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, marshmallow sauce, pralines, bananas and hot fudge served in a boat-style sundae cup and finished with two Rice Krispies treats placed on top. Why We Love IT "There was a place just like this where we grew up," says Amy Gray, 39, a Bellbrook, Ohio, native. "Now we live in Avon Lake. It's a childhood memory." 37175 Colorado Ave., Avon, 440-934-6118
Year opened 1950 What You'll Find From vanilla cones to chocolate shakes, this iconic place pumps out the classics with fun handmade posters of treats, sundaes and avalanches lining the glass windows. most Popular Treat The Swiss Fudge Shortcake ($4.15) mixes whipped cream, butter pecan ice cream, hot fudge and the owner's house-made shortcake in a huge cup. Off the Menu Order the S'mores Sundae ($4.15), and you'll get Mexican fried ice cream with marshmallow, hot fudge and graham cracker toppings. Why We Love IT "Every time you come, the employees remember you," says Jackie DiDonato, 52. "It's neighborhood people, and it's just a nice neighborhood ice cream place." 6096 State Road, Parma