These family owned, stand-alone businesses are found in abundance around the tri-state but are uncommon outside of the Midwest. Try a treat from one of them during your visit!

JF Dairy Corner
JF Dairy Corner

JF Dairy Corner

At the corner of Blue Rock and Colerain Avenue sits a small creamy whip on a triangular asphalt island near the bustling thoroughfare. Easily overlooked by those passing by, Northsiders have been cooling off at JF Dairy Corner for over 30 years. A true mom-n-pop shop, behind the counter customers will find owner Juan Figaro and his wife, Yolanda, creating every cone. After emigrating from the Dominican Republic in 1961, the couple opened up their establishment in 1980. In true creamy whip fashion, their glass window is plastered in signs of hundreds of items, from sundaes and Slush Puppies to burgers and sandwiches. What they're known for, though, is 24 flavors of soft serve. Add a dollop of ice cream to a Slush Puppy for an exotic treat or keep it simple with a blueberry cone topped with sprinkles.

Loveland Dairy Whip
Loveland Dairy Whip

Loveland Dairy Whip

Opening over the July 4th weekend nearly 60 years ago, Loveland Dairy Whip has been scooping their unique blend of soft serve since 1955. Their rich, custard-like vanilla is used to create a variety of treats, most notably parfaits. Concocted with juicy seasonal fruits or decadent candies and chocolate, the LDW (as the locals call it) has over a dozen combinations to choose from. Our favorites include the Cookies N’ Cream parfait made with crushed Oreos, or the Hot Fudge Brownie parfait that is so bountiful it is served in a half-pound tub. Have a smaller appetite? Try a vanilla cone with Cake Batter Dip Top; a one-of-a-kind in the tri-state.

Putz's Creamy Whip
Putz's Creamy Whip

Putz's Creamy Whip

There’s no shortage of creamy whips on the West Side, which makes naming a go-to spot even more of a challenge. Historically, Putz’s Creamy Whip at I-74 and Montana Avenue has staked its claim through longevity, a tried-and-true soft serve recipe and a cheese coney that competes with the big name chili parlours in the Queen City.

Ice Box Dairy Bar
Ice Box Dairy Bar

Ice Box Dairy Bar

In 2014, we discovered a newcomer that goes head-to-head with Putz’s for best creamy whip of the west: Ice Box Dairy Bar. Located just outside Cleves, it sports amenities of a modern establishment, such as an attached sheltered picnic area with ceiling fans. Regularly pouring 16 flavors of soft serve and crafting epic sundaes, their Nutella and Strawberry Flurry mixed with candy buckeyes may just be our favorite treat of the summer.

Mt. Washington Creamy Whip
Mt. Washington Creamy Whip

Mt. Washington Creamy Whip

Simple is often the sweetest, which is how Mt. Washington Creamy Whip models every order they serve. An easy-to-read, straightforward menu greets customers stopping in from Beechmont Avenue: vanilla, chocolate, and swirl. They also create sundaes and have eight kinds of "Toppers" which you can use for ice cream or in a milkshake. The Cookies n’ Cream Malt is sensationally sippable and the Cherry Dip Top is a fun spin on a timeless classic.

Though Mt. Washington Creamy Whip has only been around a handful of years, its building looks like the ice creamery has been serving the community for ages. Decked out in 1950s nostalgia, keepsakes and pictures from Coney Island and Lunken Airport create the museum-like identity of this East Side institution.

Schneider's Sweet Shop
Schneider's Sweet Shop

Schneider's Sweet Shop

Specializing in homemade ice cream rather than soft serve, family owned Schneider’s Sweet Shop has been a Bellevue staple since 1939. They still use the same equipment and time-tested recipes created by proprietor Robert Schneider Sr., who passed down his secrets to his son Jack. While their ice cream is worth a double scoop, Schneider’s is famed for a frozen treat called an Ice Ball: a cup of ice cream topped with a flavored sno-cone. Mix it up with coconut ice cream topped with a tiger’s blood sno-cone, or coffee flavored ice cream topped with black raspberry sno-cone.

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