Owned and operated by Chardon natives Mitch and Gail Hewitt, King Kone serves up classic ice-cream treats. Trimmed in green and pink, the original Grant Street location features a walk-up window, where customers place their orders for sundaes, cones, and shakes before enjoying their sweets while sitting in the sun at a picnic table, driving home in their cars, or dizzy-bat racing a group of cocky deer. Both the original location and a second location at Chip's Clubhouse also offer savory snacks such as popcorn, hot dogs, and pretzels in addition to ice cream.
Step into Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's old-timey storefront, which evokes soda shops of yesteryear, and let the succulent smells of sugary snacks and baking bread amplify your appetite. Then gaze into glass cases at more than a dozen varieties of cookies, and choose one with a gooey raspberry ($.75 each), apple, or peanut-butter center ($7.25 per dozen). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe's seasoned chefs also bake caramel cups ($4.09 per half-dozen) and filled brownie bites ($6 per dozen), the first bite of which releases warm, gooey fudge into the air. If doughy disks don't tickle your taste buds, go for a scone ($.90 each), muffin ($1.20 each), gift basket of treats ($18.99 plus tax for one dozen), or breakfast biscotti ($8.99 per pound). Ye Ole Sweet Shoppe encourages early risers to nab the first batches at its weekday 7 a.m. opening time. Visit the website to view a compendium of goods and pricing.
Gelateria Barbara takes taste buds on a tour of Italy with a procession of artisanal gelatos and fresh pastas. Featuring fanciful flavors such as panna cotta, salty toffee, and strawberry-lemon cheesecake, gelato justice is served in single-scoop cones ($1.95), triple-dipped waffle cones ($3.25), or three Goldilocks-approved cup sizes ($3.25–$4.25).
Open since 1950, Art's Grocery & Bakery sustains an extensive confectionery menu brimming with stacks of fresh cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pies, and more. The cookery boasts more than a baker's dozen of decadent cookie creations, which lures timid tongues away from their mouthy roots with the promise of sugary rewards. Submit to your taste buds' longings with a dozen handmade cookies ($3.59–$9 per dozen) in flavors such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter, or try a no-bake cookie, which caters to customers who are against cookie violence. Buy your coworker's friendship with an assortment of smoothly frosted cupcakes ($6.99 per dozen) and muffins ($1.25 each) or traverse the rich crust of the baklava ($1.25 each), filled with a toothsome trifecta of syrup, honey, and nuts.
Upsy Daisy Cool Beans & Ice Cream’s owner coined her shop’s name as a way to simultaneously honor her nana, Daisy, and describe the pick-me-up one might expect from her coffee drinks and frozen treats. Coincidentally, the name also fits the shop’s unconventional method of handcrafting small batches of ice cream from lactose-free milk, high-grade cream, fresh fruit, and Belgian chocolate—a method that has earned it praise from its lactose-intolerant customers, as well as Fox 8 Cleveland. Creamy scoops of strawberry, chocolate, butter pecan, and sweet peach ice cream crown crepe cones, blend into milkshake mugs, and rest atop glazed donuts drenched in fruit syrup. Thankfully, steamy mugs of coffee and organic espresso can warm up guests after they impulsively hop across the counter and dive into one of the 20 tubs of ice cream.