UPDATE 2-8-2021: The shop is now open.
Dallas is in line to get some very good ice cream with the imminent arrival of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.
The Columbus, Ohio-based chain is on the brink of opening a location in Deep Ellum, at 2649 Main St., in the space previously occupied by Paddywax Candle Bar, which closed due to the pandemic.
A company spokesperson said she did not have details on the opening or timeline, but there is definitely activity at the store that would lead one to presume the opening is very very near. The company has a habit of opening quietly without fanfare, which this story possibly ruins. Sorry, Jeni's.
Jeni's is a nationally acclaimed brand that has been available by retail at Whole Foods Market and Central Market stores. They've recently begun opening scoop shops and have locations in Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Charleston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington DC, Charlotte, Austin, and Houston.
The scoop shops offer about two dozen flavors, with incredible-sounding offerings such as Milkiest Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Wildberry Lavender, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Goat Cheese and Roasted Cherries, which they say is "like a scoopable cherry cheesecake," and Coffee With Cream and Sugar, which is made from also-acclaimed Intelligentsia coffee. Gah, doesn't that sound so good? It's always impossible to get a good coffee ice cream.
They offer creative vegan flavors that currently include Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns, Cold Brew With Coconut Cream, Frose Sorbet, and Texas Sheet Cake ("decadent chocolate cake crumbles, bittersweet fudge, and palate-gripping cocoa"). They also rotate in seasonal specials like Boozy Eggnog, Cognac with Gingerbread, and White Chocolate Peppermint. OMG.
It's not cheap: One scoop is $5.50, but you can also get two half scoops, which is very customer friendly, or three half scoops for $6.50. Best of all is the flight of 10 half scoops, well worth the $20.
The shop does not offer sundaes, milkshakes, or other ice cream-based items. Just like CultureMap, they're all about the scoops.
The store also sells pints to go in a wider variety than the selection sold in grocery stores, along with T-shirts and founder Jeni Britton Bauer's cookbook, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home.
The location offers a limited amount of seating but plenty of walkability. It's in the same little nook as Merit Coffee and Archer Paper Goods. You get your ice cream cone, you browse in Archer, you end with a coffee at Merit.
Eric Sandler contributed to this story.