Velvet, Jeni's Dish up Ice Cream Deals

Central Ohioans can celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a series of special events at Velvet Ice Cream. 

The Utica company, in business since 1914, will offer family-friendly entertainment at its Ye Olde Mill facility on July 3 (Magic Man, Jo Jo the Clown and Eddie Powel Square Dance) and July 9 (Tom & the Cruisers), with other promotions throughout the month. Velvet will observe National Ice Cream Day on July 16 with $1 single-dip cones. Special flavors include Lemon Cheesecake, Spicy Caramel and Sticky Pudding.

Each year, more than 150,000 people tour and visit Ye Olde Mill, which has a museum, restaurant, playground, fishing pond and picnic area. Summer visitors can see live entertainment on Thursdays and Sundays. The fourth-generation family business makes more than 5 million gallons of ice cream annually. For more information, go to velveticecream.com.

Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, meanwhile, announced it soon will offer free ice cream to customers celebrating a birthday. 

Starting July 4, customers who come to a scoop shop on their actual birthday can get a free cup or cone of ice cream, up through the trio size. Valid ID is required; children must be accompanied by an adult who can verify their date of birth. For more information, go to jenis.com.