The sixth Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams shop in central Ohio will open for business at noon on Friday, Oct. 1, at 4247 N. High St.

The sixth Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams shop in central Ohio will open for business at noon on Friday, Oct. 1, at 4247 N. High St.

"Located two doors north of another locally owned and operated Columbus business, Northstar Café, the newest Jeni's shop features an array of unique, handcrafted ice creams, serves expertly roasted coffee by Columbus-based Stauf's Coffee Roasters and, for the first time, features an elegant sundae bar," according to the announcement last week from company spokesman Aaron Beck.

Jeni Britton-Bauer, who founded Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 in the North Market, has wanted to open a shop in Clintonville for a long time.

"Clintonville is such a special part of Columbus," Britton-Bauer was quoted as saying. "We love the people of Clintonville and are so excited to be part of the neighborhood. I hope, in some small way, we'll be able to help contribute to the rich heritage of the community there. We'd love to see this area become Clintonville's 'Main Street'."

Designed by Gieseke Rosenthal Architecture and Design and constructed by Sullivan Builders, "with hands-on input from Britton-Bauer," according to Beck, the Clintonville shop joins a family of parlors that includes locations in the North Market, the Short North, Bexley, Grandview Heights and Dublin, with a seventh scheduled to open soon in Powell.

"All Jeni's shops serve handmade sundaes and parfaits, but only the newest location includes a sundae bar where customers can linger at a gorgeous marble-topped counter that boasts a façade of wood tile hewn from cross sections of storied oak beams," Beck said in the announcement.

Matthew O. Sullivan, of Sullivan Builders, exclusive general contractor for the growing ice cream empire, acquired the historic building materials from a Gambier carpenter and historic house restoration specialist who inherited the beams from a family that operates a sanctuary for injured animals on a farm in Knox County.

"The beams were leftovers from the reconstruction of 100-year-old barn just off (state) Route 62 that was partially rebuilt after a storm a few years ago," Sullivan said in the announcement. "We struck a deal with family for the leftover beams over glasses of root beer. Jeni's new shop is the embodiment of country living and recycling united in modern design here in the city."

Clintonville Area Commission members voted unanimously on July 8 to approve variances to parking space and setback requirements for the new business.

The parking variance request led to considerable discussion.

"The issue always with Clintonville is parking," zoning attorney Jeffrey Brown, who appeared on behalf of Jeni's, said at the time.

The requests were for seven fewer parking spaces and less setback in an alley than is required by city code.

Brown helped sway commission members by outlining a plan to lease spaces from other nearby businesses, including a funeral home, insurance agency and credit union, to have nearly 105 parking spaces in total after those operations close for the day.

At the time the CAC voted for the variances, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams chief executive John Lowe said that the company hoped to have the North High Street location open by the middle of September.