By Heather Collins
The first location of Cones Creamery has opened at 5790 E. Main St. in Carmel.
Owner John Marod said he plans to open two more locations in Carmel in 2017 and eight additional locations throughout Hamilton County by 2020.
For Marod, the ice cream business is a family tradition. Marod’s mother and father owned two ice cream parlors, and Marod’s son is the general manager of the first Cones Creamery.
Each ice cream cone comes with a candy corn at the bottom – a trick Marod said he picked up from his parent’s parlor that helps to prevent the ice cream from leaking out of the tip of the cone.
Cones Creamery features 32 flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream from The Hershey’s Creamery Company, as well as, sundaes, shakes and floats. The location has several amenities including indoor and outdoor seating, bike racks, dog ties and free Wi-Fi.
“Hershey’s Ice Cream is the creamiest in the market,” Marod said. “It’s the real deal.”
Cones Creamery will be open year-round and will soon offer a lunch menu including hot dogs, soft pretzels and pizza slices as well as various seasonal treats.
Customers can reserve the indoor seating area and outdoor patio for private parties, special events and social gatherings. Five-foot and 10-foot banana splits and sundaes will be available to order in advance for reserved special events.
According to Marod, more than 500 residents attended the grand opening of the Main St. location on Oct. 1.
“Everyone’s in such good spirits when they come here,” Marod said. “All your problems are left behind when you’re eating ice cream in a traditional parlor.”
The first 2,000 Cones Creamery customers who purchase an ice cream cone, sundae or shake will receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon that may be used an unlimited number of times and will expire March 31.
For more, find Cones Creamery on Facebook. Hershey’s Ice Cream and the Hershey’s Creamery Company are not affiliated with The Hershey’s Company – makers of Hershey’s Kisses.