Kilwins Adding Second Central Ohio Location in Short North
After a successful central Ohio debut in Dublin, Kilwins is heading for the Short North.
Taking over the former Second Sole building at 662 N. High St., the locally-owned Kilwins franchise will bring an assortment of sweet treats to the neighborhood this May. That includes 32 flavors of ice cream, fudges, brittles, caramels, chocolates, gift baskets, and special-order items. Similar to their Dublin location, Kilwins will also have a full espresso bar.
Husband and wife team Ernie and Stephanie Malas opened Kilwins in Dublin in 2017, later expanding partly into the adjacent space to accommodate the number of customers they were seeing on a daily basis. They’re expecting their clientele to continue growing as Bridge Park plans for an arena and its own North Market.
With an attraction to destination neighborhoods, the duo saw the Short North as the ideal spot for Kilwins number two.
“Just the energy down there, we love that area. We’re big fans of the Gallery Hops and we go to the Pearl. We were married at the Greek church down there, we do a ton of stuff at the convention center,” Ernie Malas says. “We’ve been here almost 25 years and we find ourselves down there all the time. It’s the perfect place to open.”
Construction on the space is now underway. With the drywall and carpet gone, the 100-year-old building’s original brick walls and wood floor have been restored. As with their other location, a large window will allow guests to look in on the processes going down in the kitchen. All of the store’s items, including the waffle cones for the ice cream, are made in-house.
Since opening in 2017, the Malas family has used Kilwins profits to benefit the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. Last year, the store raised $25,000 for the organization, becoming one of their main sponsors. Ernie Malas says they plan to continue their donations with proceeds from the Short North store. They’ve lost several family members and friends to the illness, and “we think that’s a good way to do our small part helping those with cancer,” he says.
Kilwins, founded in 1947, is a Michigan-based franchise with two other Ohio locations and 140 locations nationwide. The Short North location will operate with flexible hours based on neighborhood events. It’ll open at 11 a.m. daily, closing between 9 and 10 p.m.
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