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Jeni’s Ice Cream set to open tomorrow in Shirlington

The new Jeni’s ice cream shop in Shirlington (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The scoop in Shirlington is that Jeni’s Ice Creams is finally opening this week.

A reader tipped off ARLnow that they spotted the ice cream shop at 4150 Campbell Avenue holding a “friends and family night” earlier this week.

The shop is planning a public “soft opening” starting Thursday, Feb. 16, a spokesperson confirmed. A grand opening event is likely set for “early to mid March,” they said.

It’s been close to a year since we reported that the Columbus, Ohio-based premium ice cream chain was setting up shop in Shirlington. Besides window stickers, there were only a sprinkling of updates throughout 2022. Then, last month, the company confirmed they were looking to open early this year.

While the middle of February is usually not the ideal time for a cold treat, this Thursday’s weather looks to be unusually mild with temperatures expected to be in the mid-60s.

Jeni’s is filling a notable gap in Shirlington. With the recent closings of Yogiberry and I-CE-NY in late 2021, there were no dedicated frozen treat shops in the Village of Shirlington shopping center.

That has now been rectified.

“After a long wait we are looking forward to an ice cream store in the neighborhood!” our tipster said.

Elsewhere in Shirlington, Our Mom Eugenia still has yet to open though the plan was to start serving this month. The two-level beer-and-coffee venue Astro Beer Hall is also expected to open soon, with new banners around the building proclaiming a May 2023 date.

If you can’t wait until Thursday, there are also Jeni’s in D.C., Old Town Alexandria, and Tysons.

Hat tip to Thomas G.