Beloved local ice cream maker Jeni’s is relocating their corporate offices to the 401 N. Front St. building in the Arena District. The 13,710 square-foot space on the third floor is just a block away from North Market, the site of the first Jeni’s.
“We’ve loved calling our building in Grandview home these past few years,” says Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jeni Britton Bauer. “It was a really comfortable place for us. But change is good—and I love that we’re working so close to the North Market where all of this began. We’ve come full circle.”
Chief Executive Officer John Lowe calls the move both practical and strategic, as it builds a more centralized Jeni’s team.
“Getting the creative, sales, finance, operations and shops teams in the same office is going to be a fantastic boost to our team,” says Lowe. “We really wanted to build a collaborative, open environment, with a lot of quiet huddle spaces for the teams to work together. My hat is off to Nationwide Realty Investors and MAC Construction, who delivered in a very short window a great space exactly as Jeni and GRA+D designed.”
Nationwide Reality Investor President Brian J. Ellis calls the move a great addition to a thriving Arena District neighborhood.
Since the first scoop shop in the North Market in 2002 to 19 scoop shops across the country, Jeni’s had grown rapidly receiving much attention and many accolades. Bauer’s creations have been called the Best Ice Cream in America by Time magazine. Her 2012 book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home earned Bauer a James Beard Award, and a dubbing as author of the homemade ice cream bible by The Washington Post.
Jeni’s continues to hand-make their small batch ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets and ice cream sandwiches at their Harrison West facility with carefully sourced ingredients from Ohio and around the world.
For more information, visit jenis.com.