By Colleen Lockhart
Since 1951, the Huntsburg Dairy Whip has been operating at 15740 Mayfield Road in
Huntsburg. Ron and Susan West bought it in 1978 and after 37 successful years, the Huntsburg Dairy Whip opened in 2016 under the new ownership of Jerry Elliott. Ron and his family remain in their residence behind the business. While managed by the Wests, the original building was redesigned 31 years ago into a larger building, rebuilt to an architect’s plan. The new structure was surrounding the original building. The original building was then taken apart and removed through the front on the new structure and then the front of the new building was completed.
A grand re-opening was held and Ron recalls hiring someone to dress as a clown to entertain the children. While Ron was owner, he provided local youth with summer jobs, some who have gone on to work in banking, at Disney World, as a pharmacist, and as a TV anchor and director of Destination Geauga. Lynda Nemeth, director Destination Geauga, worked at Huntsburg Dairy Whip beginning at the age of 16 while she was in high school and continued to assist him with Saturday deliveries until last year. Elliott’s Country Delights started making ice cream in 2005 when Ron encouraged them to get into the ice cream business. Then around five years ago, Ron approached Jerry Elliot about beginning to take over some of his Saturday delivery routes.
This past January, Ron decided to retire from the business completely. This was a good opportunity for Jerry to relocate his business to a larger facility, and is set up to manufacture Elliott’s Country Delights ice cream in back of the Huntsburg Dairy Whip. The retail business is still run as the Huntsburg Dairy Whip. The community looks forward to seeing the familiar Huntsburg Dairy Whip “open” sign in the spring. Jerry has made very few changes and opens from noon to 9 p.m. during the summer. He has added options on the menu to include Elliott’s Country Delights brand ice cream. Although maple is one of their best sellers, other flavors of strawberry, raspberry, chocolate, orange pineapple, French vanilla, and coffee are popular and can be purchased by the quart or pint. All of the Elliott’s brand ice cream is hand packed at the Huntsburg Dairy Whip weekly” to ensure it’s freshness and quality. Jerry and his wife Beth are looking forward to expanding into additional retail locations. Their ice cream is currently available at Farmington Hardware or you can call for the closest self-serve location. Visit the Huntsburg Dairy Whip this summer. You can contact Elliott’s Country Delights to be added to their regular route on Saturday, for special deliveries, wedding orders, or to become a local retailer, by either phone at 440-537-2814 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.