Iconic Lebanon ice cream parlor opens new location on Hamilton’s Main Street

The Village Parlor of Hamilton opened Tuesday at 302 Main Street.

The business serves Johnson’s Real Ice Cream from a family-owned company in Bexley, Ohio, along with fresh, hand-rolled waffle cones and bowls. It also offers double-dip sodas and a selection of sundaes, milkshakes and malts.

Owner Aaron Zwelling previously told the Journal-News the business was able to save some of the character pieces from an old ice cream parlor at the site, refinish some of them and utilize them in the construction of the new parlor.

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Zwelling said he loves the Hamilton shop’s existing tin ceilings and saved the shop’s original mirror and counter top, restoring them. Old stools have reappeared at a community table.

The building in which the Village Parlor of Hamilton resides is known as the Davis building, which formerly housed Hughes Pharmacy. It is believed to have always housed a pharmacy and ice cream shop since its inception in 1905.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The store’s first iteration, Village Ice Cream Parlor, has been in Lebanon since July 4, 1969, serving ice cream in glass and silver dishes. Now known as the The Village Parlor, it serves as both a restaurant and ice cream shop. Food served at that location includes burgers, fresh salads and scratch-made soups.

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