Here’s to Orkidstra!

There are so many great organizations in Ottawa that do so many great things. One of those is Orkidstra. This month, Merry Dairy customers learned that a portion of their purchases was going to help sponsor a child in one of Orkdistra’s wonderful programs.

We are happy to report that we reached our goal and were able to raise over $500! Thank you for including us on your dinner tables, birthdays, weddings, special events, bike rides, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Canada Day, Porchfest Day, and of course, National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

And now it’s our turn to say thank you to you with a small Merry Dairy gift. See this post for more details!

Three Merry Procrastination Cures … and the best cure of all!

The days are counting down. Slowly but surely, the nightly glow of holiday lights is a reminder that proctrastination is no match for the annual moment when you realize that Christmas wins once again …. Here are three procrastination cures … 🙂

Cure #1: A Merry Dairy Gift Card! Pick up a card in store at 102 Fairmont, or get a virtual card at!

Cure #2 … Pop by on Saturday, December 15 from 2-5pm for The Merry Dairy pop up shop with hot cocao and Yule Log samples to go along with pints, cones, and special gifts like a re-usable Merry Dairy Pottery Pint, local honey from Richmond, and Christmas Stollen!

Cure #3 …. Yule be a hero at the office or in-law Christmas party with a Merry Dairy Yule Log! Buy online and pick up at the store!

And the best cure of all … And a portion of all sales this month go to sponsor a child in a magical  Orkidstra music program!

Dull objects, Halloween hair and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Boo! Three events to mark the occasion ….. 
Event #1 – Meet the Neighbours – Bring Your Knives

Things around Halloween seem dull? Things like knives, scissors, shears, garden tools and lawnmowers? With winter coming, stay sharp!

JC’s Mobile Sharpening will be at 102 Fairmont Saturday, October 27th from 1-5pm to grind the dullness away from the Halloween season and keep our objects sharp and ready for anything. Every sharpening has its price and you can find the price list here. And every sharpening gets a $5 Merry Dairy coupon good on purchases of $25 or more. 

Event #2 …. Hair-riffic Halloween Fairytales!

Has it really been 30 years since Whitesnake, one of the great Hair bands of the 1980s, told us in song that they were on their own again, going down the only road they’ve every known? Well, that road on Sunday, October 28th takes you straight to Mint Studio’s “Hair-riffic” Halloween Fairytales where the fairytales of our youth, take a nightmarish twist. Kind of like 1980s hair bands. The Merry, er Scary, Dairy will join in the ghoulish night with special treats but also takes this opportunity to remind all moms, dads and caretakers that this event is for older kids and adults. Admission is by donation to the Parkdale Food Centre! Will Whitesnake make a guest appearance? Only the spirit knows …


Event #3 – La Grande Nuit … Halloween!

By Halloween night – Wednesday, October 31, it’s back to 102 Fairmont for a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Halloween night in partnership with Orpheus Musical Theatre as they gear up for their production in mid-November at the Meridian Centrepoint Theatre of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Come one come all to a night of Merry Dairy Halloween treats featuring spooky flavours, and a chance to win two tickets to experience the performance and get a $2 off coupon for a Merry Dairy cone of your choice and one last moment with the truck before it moves off the lot for its winter hibernation!

PS* – I Love You? But what about cinnamon, funfetti or cookies & cream?

Whether or not you’re hosting, need a host or hostess gift, or you’re the one who has been tagged for dessert, this is the time of year to profess love of pumpkin spice.  
The Merry Dairy has pints and cakes of pumpkin spice, made in store, ready to be loved …  Cinnamon pints and ice cream cakes make a great alternative, or play the hits with a kid-friendly Vanilla Funfetti or Cookies & Cream cake.
Looking for gluten-free – all flavours, except Cookies & Cream, have a gluten-free option. Need to guarantee a cake for this weekend? Order by Wednesday night (October 3) at   Or pop by the store this weekend for new fall flavours – scooped or in pints! The Merry Dairy will be closed Thanksgiving Monday. Open noon-9pm Thanksgiving Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
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Beginning today, the shop is closed on Mondays. Every other day it is 12-9pm! #scoopshop #icecreaminthefall #smallbatchicecream #myottawa

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*PS = pumpkin spice and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

15 minutes longer …

School starting? Summer ending?


Remember Labour Day weekend when you were a kid? Is there a weekend with more mixed up emotions about the return to school and the end of summer?


Maybe there was that feeling that summer could just last 15 minutes longer … And this weekend, on Sunday and Monday, The Merry Dairy Truck seeks out summer all over the City of Ottawa with 36 stops of 15 minutes each over two days stretching from Carp to Cumberland to Metcalfe to North Gower!


They say Ottawa is a big city. And it is. It is also an amazing collection of neighbourhoods, city and apartment blocks, rural roads, farm fields, parks and monuments. 


All day long on Sunday and Monday, Track the Truck across Ottawa as it makes 36 stops of 15 minutes each here, there and everywhere with chocoloate/vanilla/twist soft serve, ice cream sandwiches and Merry Pops!


This page has all the info to see the schedule, see the stops, and track the truck in real time.


Can’t check out a stop? Then check out 102 Fairmont for handmade, fresh flavours, all made in-store! Summer tunes will be playing all weekend long with (what’s left) of our amazing summer team – (because several of them have already left for school outside of Ottawa!) and meet some new members of the fall team!


Whatever the emotion is this weekend, Labour Day is a Labour of Love at The Merry Dairy!


Dinner? At The Merry Dairy?

Every once in a while we are lucky enough to partner with someone very special. And on a Monday!!

Tonight, Monday, August 13, Sula Wok, home of the Tibetan Momo (and much much more), visits 102 Fairmont beginning at 5pm and will have items from their amazing menu available for take-out until 7:30pm.

This is an image about the Asian-inspired Sula Wok cart coming to The Merry Dairy!

Then at 7:30, The Merry Dairy will close early for our (back-to-school??) staff party and Sula Wok will stick around and celebrate with our wonderful team to enjoy a beautiful summer night before school starts! 🙂

Today it’s peaches, Wednesday it’s …..

Do I dare eat a peach? It’s the dare of a season. And is there anything as sweet and worth waiting for as an Ontario peach? Poet Li-Young Lee‘s ode to roadside peaches speaks to the reaches we’ll go for peaches. And now that they’re in season, we have the reason to put the squeeze in for some all-natural, store-made peach ice cream. Available beginning this afternoon, Sunday, August 5, for a few peachy weeks.

  And then by Wednesday, August 8, it’s our second annual National Frozen Custard Day, with a dollar from each soft serve and scooped frozen custard cone going to benefit Salus Ottawa, an amazing organization in our community that provides supportive housing for people with persistent mental illness. It’s a small way to show our support for an important cause that helps so many. Want to help them even more? Make a donation directly to Salus and be a part of those who give hope!


One year ago this week, we opened our doors on 102 Fairmont following a four month long renovation and with the support of friends, family, and of course our amazing customers it has been a year to celebrate. From now until 8pm Monday, August 6, we are asking our customers to share their memories over the past year, and we’ll be drawing randomly from responses on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and comments to this post for four ice cream cakes – including a peach ice cream cake! 

  And speaking of Civic Holiday Monday, we will be closed, reopening with regular business hours on Tuesday.  Here’s to a peachy weekend and to lovely bike rides all over our beautiful city, maybe even on one of the new VeloGo bikes now located at 102 Fairmont!



#tbt to ONE year ago tonight when we opened our door and took down the paper. What a ride – through our Grand Opening, The Scary Dairy, to Christmas and Name Days, to Ice Cream for Breakfast Day,the Winter Olympics, Mother’s Day, Canada Day and the World Cup! Tell us your favourite Merry Dairy moment for a chance to win a Merry Dairy cake. Thank you to our wonderful customers, our amazing staff and the friends and family who supported us along the way! Draw will take place Monday August 6th. p.s. we are closed Monday August 6. 📷 credit to @jvlphoto for the first two photos in this slide show. Swipe to see before and after renovations. #myottawa #icecreamshop #frozencustard #renovation #igersottawa #scoopshop #hintonburg

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Hello 1990s – it’s nifty GIF time!

Some of our all-star reviews …

… don’t appear on Google, Yelp, Facebook, Instagram, or reviews on our local media such as the Kitchissippi Times or Ottawa Citizen – they’re dropped off in the form of letters or drawings by kids.



One of those letters was from Max – who wrote us to suggest a new sundae, called the ChocoMAX, (which is available all summer at the special price of $6.75!). Another was from someone who simply drew the store and wanted to make sure we got a copy of the drawing. Another one recreated the truck in a diarama while at a Beehive art class.


Then there are the stories – from an employee who tells the story of how she overheard a young boy counting down the OC Transpo bus stops to his mother as they rode down Gladstone on the #14 towards the shop at 102 Fairmont. Or the kids who come by from the Urban Element summer camp, who camp in front of the store to munch on their cones and Merry Pops.


We love the reviews we get from Google and everyone else — especially love the five star ones! And when we get a four star review, or even the occasional three star review, we figure out what could we have done better and what might have motivated that review. They are shared with our amazing team and they often provide insight that enable us to build on an opportunity to improve.

  But it is when we hear from kids that gives us true joy – those moments when they are in our store or lined up at our truck and they are happy, really really happy, that it makes all of us at The Merry Dairy happy too.

  And so, when one of our younger customers takes the time to tell us or show us why they love coming to The Merry Dairy, it makes all the difference. It’s way beyond a five-star rating. It’s all-star.  And for the kid who wondered when we’re doing Name Days again, they’re back for one week, starting Monday July 23rd, when we also feature a comeback Christmas in July flavour – Peppermint Crackle! Monday’s names are Noel and Sky!






Hot days are made for ice cream. 🍦

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Heat wave continues. Splash pad, ice cream, pool, repeat. 💦 🍦 🏊 ☀️

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Saturday night bliss with grandkids @TheMerryDairy

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Ice cream bros

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Scooping season is about to get real! This morning during scoop training, staff created their own menu items. Check out our story to meet new and old and to see what they created! And because this weather is so mixed up, they have added some flavour combinations in pints to the menu this weekend. Today we have Maddy & Gabby’s Mix. It’s a tropical combination of coconut ice cream and lemon scooped into the same pint container. And $1.00 of today and tomorrow’s mixed pint sales will go directly into the staff tip jar to show our love! #scoopingishardwork Tomorrow will be a different mix! Stay tuned. #smallbatchicecream #frozencustard #icecreamtime #myottawa #hintonburg #scoops #madebyhand

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Canada Day at The Merry Dairy (great for kids, pets and hoomans of all kinds …)

To roam, or not to roam: that is the Ottawa question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to remain at home and suffer the slings and arrows of Parliament Hill FOMO, Or to lock arms toward a sea of humanity, And by venturing forth, join them?


No matter how this question is answered for those in the city on Canada Day, for the roaming or the home-ing, it’s Canada Day at The Merry Dairy with the Canada Sundae, a confederation of Merry Pop flavours, a charter Lemon Italian-(Canadian) Ice, a provincial raspberry cheesecake and hoochie-poochie puppy pops, and our distinct soft serve from the truck from three o’clock on.


With water dishes for the pups, and a misting fan for the kids and hoomans alike, enjoy The Merry Dairy Canada Day playlist stuffed with tunes of all kinds from Canadians of all kinds. (And more suggestions for tunes welcome in the comments below!)


And while you’re at it, drop a ballot into the bowl to win this official Adidas World Cup Soccer Ball, courtesy of DiSalvo Sports and their new soccer superstore at 1625 Bank Street. … Go (insert your favourite remaining country here … )!

It’s Canada Day at The Merry Dairy

The Sunday Canada Day Canada Sundae



One of the confederation of Merry Pop Flavours!



A Charter of Lemon Italian (Canadian!) Ice 🙂


lemon 🍋 ☀ #dairyfree #lemon #heatwave

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Raspberry Cheesecake to join these provinces of flavours!


Batman vs Superman …


Batman vs Superman ll. Puppy Pops Battle #benaffleck #henrycavill #ottawa

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Soft serve distinctly served …



We all need goals …


And available all summer … The ChocoMAX!


And yes, thanks to the misting fan, it will be misty ….


Dad? Pops?

On Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the dads and fathers and pops of all kinds with a free mini Merry Pop for dads.  Let’s also celebrate all those people who were like a dad, or reminded us of our dad. Choose from strawberry sunrise, mango lime & chocolate!

So, if you’re a Pop or Pop-like, come on in on Sunday, June 17 and enjoy a mini Merry Pop on a merry day. And we’d love a suggestion for The Merry Dairy Father’s Day Playlist, which will play all day Sunday in the store. Please leave your suggestion in the comments below or by tagging @TheMerryDairy on social media. First song is …  Born To Run. This post will be updated as suggestions are received.

The Merry Dairy 2018 DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Father’s Day Playlist (add yours in the comments below!)

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
The Shires – Daddy’s Little Girl
He Didn’t Have to Be – Brad Paisley
Go to Sleep, Little Leech – The Arrogant Worms
California Blue – Roy Orbison
Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Always on my Mind – Pet Shop Boys
Cecilia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon
Daddy Lessons – Beyoncé
Anthem – Cock Sparrer
The Logical Song – Supertramp
Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
Father and Daughter – Paul Simon In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
One Tin Soldier – The Original Caste

Drake’s Dad – The Aktuells

Mamas’ Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

God Only Knows – Beach Boys

My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Ella Fitzgerald

Daddy Lessons – Beyoncé (feat. Dixie Chicks)

Daddy – Johnny Cash

Song for my Father – Sarah McLaughlin

Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin

Farmer’s Song – Murray McLaughlin

Country Roads – John Denver

Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver

Trumpet Voluntary – Maurice Andre

I’ve Written A Letter To Daddy – Bette Davis

I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash

A Day in the Life – The Beatles

Father and Son – Cat Stevens

Daddy Cool – Boney M

Courage – The Tragically Hip

Upside Down – Jack Johnson

Goodbye Stranger – Supertramp

Hotel California – The Eagles

Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon

My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton

Un’estate italiana – Eduardo Bannato

Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2

A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash

The Soul Cages – Sting