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Old Town Alexandria Welcomes Jeni’s Ice Creams

Though the weather is changing rapidly and you cannot wear your short-sleeved shirts nows but Jeni Britton Bauer believes there’s always room for ice cream, no matter what time the sun goes down. In agreement with this, the newest outpost of her ice cream shops, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, opens this week along Route 1 near King Street in Old Town.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is now open in the redone Misha's location at 102 S. Patrick St. as coffee makes way for ice cream
According to the Alexandria Gazette, "We go where our customers are,” Bauer said. Over time, Jeni’s has received multiple requests for an Alexandria location, and after the beloved Misha’s coffee shop moved to a new location, the storefront seemed like a natural fit. “When it clicks, we kind of just know it,” Bauer said. The Old Town shop will be the 39th installation of Jeni’s Ice Creams, joining its District of Columbia sister location as well as shops fanning out nationwide. The company has been in business since 2002, launching first in an Ohio farmer’s market before growing into storefronts from state to state. And over time, the focus hasn’t changed: Jeni’s has stuck to its core competencies, much to customers’ delight." As per Alexandria Gazette, "One of Jeni’s top flavors, Bauer said, is the brown butter almond brittle. A handmade brittle caramelized with almonds in a butter ice cream, it’s “so delicious,” she said. And a bit of trivia to go along with dessert: The flavor was inspired by author Roald Dahl and his favorite flavor growing up in Norway. While the Alexandria location officially opens its doors Nov. 13, it will be in a soft opening phase for the better part of a month. Bauer considers it a “practice month” before the grand opening, which will take place in December."

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