A little over six years ago, Julie Domicone’s parents came across a building for sale in Fairborn, Ohio on the corner of Kauffman Avenue and Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. They decided to buy it even though they had no preliminary business ideas, and it was in desperate need of a make-over. As Julie explains it “with my mom’s financial experience and my dad’s entrepreneurial background, it was too good of a deal for them to pass up… so they didn’t. I was a junior in high school at the time just starting to apply for colleges. While I always knew I wanted to follow in both of my brothers’ footsteps and become a Buckeye for life, I was not so sure about what I wanted to do post-graduation. The timing could not have been more perfect. What started as a deal that couldn’t be ignored triggered a light bulb to go off over all three of our heads. It just made sense. Together, we would open an ice cream shop.
And finally after years of research, which started by attending the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) Convention in 2013 where they met multiple ice cream shop owners and suppliers and then a 3 day trip to Scoop School in St Louis, MO. After that it was a a tour of ice cream machine equipment suppliers, finally selecting a Florida firm that manufactures a 100% US made machine from cast stainless steel.
Next they began the construction phase on the building, doing a complete demolition on the interior and a major redo on the exterior. The windows and doors were replaced, and the entryway was constructed.
While the construction continued, Julie was also moving ahead with the R & D of the ice cream. Researching dairies, and hundreds of variations of vanilla made with beans sourced from Mexico, Indonesia, Madagascar, and Tahiti. They recruited friend and family and hosted blind taste tests until they developed Jubie’s Secret Recipe.
Jubie’s (which is Julie’s nickname) will be offering both hand-dipped ice cream, soft serve and Italian ice, as well as shakes, sundaes, ice cream pops and pints to go.
Finally after years in the making Jubie’s Creamery opens today, July 3rd at 4pm at 471 W Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn.