2011 was a year of firsts at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, including Jeni's debut book, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home, making the best-seller lists of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
But Dec. 30 marked another significant milestone in the history of Jeni's—the first-ever wedding ceremony held in one of our scoop shops.
Just after 4 that afternoon in the back of our Short North shop, Lauren Flaum and Ty Debevoise of Columbus exchanged vows in front of a handful of beaming friends and family.
A few minutes later, with the happy couple having been pronounced husband and wife, cones of ice cream were raised and toasts were made.
Lauren, who met Ty by chance nearly three years ago in a Columbus bar, said the couple chose Jeni's "because we spend a lot of time here. We're the kind of people who go out for dinner, but come here for ice cream and get too full to go to dinner."
Lauren added that she and Ty also knew they "didn't want have a traditional wedding. We wanted a place that worked logistically and was going to be fun for everybody. This place always looks great, it's intimate, and it's already decorated really minimally, which we like. It's was great."