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5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 4

  1) The Shinola Runwell watch From bikes and watches, to journals and leather goods, we love everything Detroit’s Shinola creates and builds. But we’re especially keen on the Runwell watch with the red dial color detail. Like everything Shinola makes, the Runwell is built to last generations. The red adds pizzazz at just the…

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Jeni’s Community Service Days

Here at Jeni’s, our employees spend lots of hours outside the offices and kitchens making our community a better place. But tomorrow, we’ll be concentrating our efforts during the Columbus Volunteer Challenge, a city-wide call-out to Columbus businesses, non-profits, universities, and community groups to participate in community service events through Thursday September 11. (If your…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 3

1) Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso ice cream World-renowned coffee sourcer and roaster Intelligentsia, based in Chicago, supplies the Direct Trade beans we use to make a new ice cream that’s available beginning today. We couldn’t be happier with the flavor of our new collaboration ice cream. Have a scoop in our Ohio and Chicago shops, ship a pint,…

A.V. Fest + Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

The Hideout (Chicago’s finest source for live music) & the A.V. Club (the arts-and-entertainment wing of The Onion, America’s Finest News Source) are presenting one terrific festival. Not only will we be there scooping to the sounds of Death Cab For Cute and the War on Drugs, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 2

  1) Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman In a big-time Boston venture capital boardroom in 2009, entrepreneur Jennifer Hyman was pitching her idea for Rent the Runway, an e-commerce company built solely to have 100% of its expensive inventory rented for a relatively small sum, worn, and returned. In a new profile in Forbes magazine,…

Jeni’s Sabbatical: Texas Fandango

Since 2010, Jeni’s has paid me to write. I love this agreement. But beyond the paycheck (every two weeks), the ice cream for breakfast (occasionally), and the opportunity to work with creative, tuned-in people (every day), Jeni’s offers a perk I’d never known until this summer: sabbatical leave. Work three consecutive years for Jeni’s and…

Ship it Back

Consider for a moment Styrofoam. The rock star of the shipping world, right? It’s sturdy, cheap, and lightweight, and because of it, ice cream and so many other wonderful things can travel fresh and frozen through the mail. But Styrofoam’s indestructible nature, well, isn’t so good for nature. So, while we continue to research alternative…

5 Friday Scoops, Vol. 1

Hey, everyone, we’re launching a new series here at  Jeni’s blog central: 5 Friday scoops—5 things we love from the week that was. Here we go! 1) Little League World Series superstar Mo’ne Davis. In a world gone mad we’ve still got Philly phenom Mo’ne Davis. The Illinois squad knocked Mo’ne’s team out of the competition Thursday…

Mike Hirsch: Ohio Farm Lifer

We’ve been fortunate to work with Mike Hirsch, fourth generation owner-operator of Ross County, Ohio’s Hirsch Fruit Farm, since 2009. Strawberries for Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk brought us together, and now Mike also grows what we need for Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries and our fall pumpkin flavors. While the strawberries and pumpkins are grown on…

Mint Maven Val Jorgensen

Val Jorgensen: registered nurse, breast cancer survivor, organic farm owner-operator, mint maven. We’ve worked with Val since 2003, the year she grew a couple of pounds of organic peppermint for Jeni to use in her first batch of Backyard Mint ice cream. Since then, we look very forward to this time of year, not only so we…