Miss Mary's Ice Cream opening in Sharonville – Cincinnati Business Courier – The Business Journals


A Cincinnati entrepreneur, inspired by her late mother, is opening a homemade ice cream shop in one of the city’s northern suburbs.
Keyaira Hinton, along with Michael Starks, is opening Miss Mary’s Premium Ice Cream & Icee’s at 2241 Crowne Point Dr. in Sharonville. They are hosting a grand opening for the ice cream shop on Aug. 13.
Hinton told me the idea for the ice cream shop came about with the passing of her mother, the eponymous Miss Mary, in 2021. Her mother was a lover of ice cream, particularly butter pecan, so Hinton wanted to start her own ice cream truck.
“It was a grief thing, adjusting to grieving,” she said. “‘Mom’ was my grandmother, she was my dad’s mom, and she took me from the hospital. It was something I did to cope. Once I started focusing on that, it helped me deal with her passing.”
It was Starks who found the 1,600-square-foot former Subway restaurant building in Sharonville and asked Hinton if she wanted to take her idea for an ice cream truck and turn it into a proper parlor.
Hinton and Starks learned the art of making ice cream from Emery Thompson, a Florida-based manufacturer of ice cream making machines, which they will use in the shop to make more than 25 flavors daily. Those flavors will include unique offerings like a coffee and doughnuts option benefitting the Sharonville Police Department, and yes, it will serve butter pecan.
Miss Mary’s also will serve a variety of Icee-type frozen beverages, with flavors like lemon ice and blue raspberry, as well as a menu of milkshakes.
Hinton and Starks began working on Miss Mary’s in December 2021, doing the design and construction work themselves. The shop will be open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
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