The Best Monday …

Not a Bangles Manic Monday* … but a glorious, sunny, 18 degree Monday so that we can finally, hopefully, say goodbye to our long 100 days of January …


And a glorious Monday also marks the start of Monday openings for The Merry Dairy and, looking at the forecast, open on Tuesday, April 24th to boot. By June, we’ll be open Tuesdays as well.


Mondays may get a bad rap, so here a few great Mondays to buck the trend …



* Manic Monday was written by the great artist Prince, and first recorded by Apollonia 6

Looking for more Monday songs? Check this list out.



Training Day

No, not the movie starring Denzel Washington, but the time of year when our new summer hires learn all about the frozen custard and ice cream business! Coming to our first full year of operation at 102 Fairmont Avenue, this new group of university and high school students gather for two Saturday mornings to meet each other and get to know the year round team – a team that has been patiently working since February as the warmer weather slowly (and slowly) makes its way north.


Training Day is quickly becoming my favourite time of year as I learn about these remarkable young people and what motivates them and what that means in connecting with our own amazing customers at the store or with the truck at the events all over the city.


As we wait and see whether this weekend’s storm is more or less than what it’s predicted to be, our new team has decided to take on the wintry mix with their own flavour combinations in pints, shakes and sundaes. With every one of the combos below purchased this Sunday, a dollar will go into the staff tip jar!


So try the#mattieandgabbysmix, #mikaandsarahsmix, #sharletandtheosmix or the #yasmineandtorysmix. And say hi to the new team while you’re there!




Easter Hours and a chance to win ….

… one of two Stubbe dark or milk chocolate eggs, filled with scoops of each Merry Dairy flavour or a pint of your choice.

How to win?

Be subscribed to the Merry Dairy newsletter blog “The Scoop” either online or at the store by 3pm on Saturday, March 31. Draw will be at 3:30. All current and new subscribers eligible.


EDIT: Congratulations to Lucy B and Caroline T, two subscribers of The Scoop, who picked up their prize on Easter weekend!

Oh .. and our Easters hours:

Good Friday noon-9pm

Saturday noon-9pm

Sunday noon-8pm

Closed Easter Monday

Sunshine (and sunsets) on my shoulders ….

John Denver seems to have it about right about sunshine and happiness. And whether we love or loathe daylight savings time, it brings us closer to long, breezy summer nights.


Before we get there, St. Paddy’s day shows the way to spring … and to celebrate that day in its own special way, the cast and crew of The Merry Dairy are pleased to present new flavours, starting Sunday, March 11, or Day 1 of Daylight Savings Time.


Pretzels and Stout … Raise a Guinness – and raise a cone of premium ice cream laced with the stout of Ireland and chocolate covered pretzels!


Hint o’ Mintonburg* … Fresh frozen custard, and green like a shamrock – “minty, yes, but I like it too ….” *only available beginning Wednesday, March 14

and finally …


Leprochaun Rainbow … a bowl (or cone!) of Lucky Charms flavoured ice cream, it’s magically _____…


And looking ahead even further to Easter and beyond, it’s an ice cream carrot cake … available now by special order



And one thing that makes Ottawa summers so great are Ottawa sunsets — @Nancyfromottawa’s instagram feed of sunsets at Westboro beach is the next best thing to being there. And a great reminder of long, summer nights to come …



And some John Denver ….



Happy Daylight Savings Day 🙂

Breakfast at The Merry Dairy Saturday February 3 @ 8am

Started by a mom in Rochester, NY at the mid-point of winter, National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is, according to Wikipedia now celebrated in countries all over the world including Canada, Nepal, Namibia, Germany, New Zealand, Honduras, China and Israel.


Whether it’s six more weeks of winter or not, The Merry Dairy reopens on February 3! Come on down between 8 and 2pm for a waffle topped with a scoop of one of our breakfast inspired flavours listed below.


And if you wear your PJs enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee!


oatmeal & brown sugar | lemon poppy seed | banana chocolate chunk |maple with candied bacon | chocolate | strawberries and cream | Grape Nuts (neither grapes, nor nuts but crunchy, crunchy, crunchy!) | cinnamon toast


Fresh Waffles! 

 and …

mimosa ice pops (fresh squeezed OJ with champagne … for the adults)

Fahoo fores ♫ dahoo dores ♬ Welcome Christmas bring your cheer ♪

It’s a special time of year for a special type of cheer …


The Merry Dairy is decked out for the holidays. On Sunday, December 10th from noon-4pm please join us for some holiday cheer with our special friends from Top Shelf Preserves, makers of handmade preserves – the perfect stocking stuffer!


Enjoy a glass of homemade mulled wine, egg nog, cider and hot chocolate and check out The Merry Dairy holiday flavours!


Or order a  Merry Dairy ice cream Yule Log Cake or Buche de Noel 🎄 made with vanilla frozen custard layered between homemade chocolate wafer cookies on the inside with an outside layer of peppermint candy cane ice cream followed by whipped cream with cocoa.


And check The Merry Dairy on social media to see if you or your friends share the the #NameOfTheDay and a free cone!

Going Grey (Cup) this weekend? Three flavours to cheer for!

Planning a Grey Cup shindig this Sunday?


Big or small, add a pint of Double Blue and Rocky Mountain so that East meets West in one of Canada’s great traditions! And then bring opposing sides together with a pint of Canada150 Maple Bacon! Enjoy all three pints for a special price of $22.  Available for purchase online or pick up the store.  $8 for individual pints.


Eastern fan? Try Double Blue! Wild blueberries and serviceberries from the lush Ontario landscape are a two point convert, quarterbacked with a strong lemon zest.


Western fan? Try Rocky Mountain – a specialty team combination play of dark chocolate, fudge swirl, marshmallows, and Oreos.


And bring it all together with the #Canada150 Maple Bacon finale as you relive memories of Ottawa Grey Cups from days gone by with Henry Burris, Russ Jackson and Tony Gabriel!


Boo! It begins … Spread the word!

First – Pick up a free pumpkin at The Scary Dairy at 102 Fairmont for the Boo-Scarrry Kids (and yoooouuuuth) Pumpkin Contest! Bring back the carved pumpkin before 3pm on Sunday. For kids 10 and under, one pumpkin will be picked at random to win a free b00-scaaarrry ice cream cake. For the 11-18 category, one pumpkin will be selected by the judgy Scary Dairy and Parkdale Food Centre Staff. All entrants receive a Scary Dairy Treat!


Then second – bring some chill to your scarrry side with a Black Vanilla Frozen Custard cone, made with edible charcoal for that extra je ne sais noir … available now at The Scary Dairy.


And third … on October 31, head on down to 102 Fairmont with non-perishable food and exchange it for a Merry Dairy treat and coupon for our new online store.


So spread the word and bring your family, bring your friends and bring your in-laws for a Scary Dairy Halloween Spooktacular!


And next month … watch for our Grey Cup surprise ….



Winter is coming … (and so is The Scary Dairy ….)

One of the most common questions about the new store is … so, what are you going to do for winter? The answer is … lots! But before we get to winter plans – a big hello to all new subscribers – many from our Fairmont Sundae Social contest held September 17. Congrats again to our winners. And thank you to all who donated to our four local charities that day as well as to Ottawa’s Triple Trouble who provided musical entertainment!


Photographer Justin van Leeuwen captured the day beautifully in a series of photographs below.


Photo credits: Justin van Leuwen

Congratulations Jane Harley – free pints for a year!


As chilling as this winter scene may seem right now, something even more chilling is just around the corner ….



That’s right … The Scary Dairy is back and bigger than ever before now at 102 Fairmont and featuring the truck’s last night before trundling off to its winter hibernation den. Bring non-perishable food on October 31 to help the Parkdale Food Centre and receive a Merry Dairy treat!


But winter is coming




… and so …


First, The Merry Dairy online store will soon be launched, where you can purchase pints (of the ice cream kind!), sandwiches, ice cream cakes and t-shirts and pick them up at the store! Look for all the details in our next blog post …


, winter means indoor events! The Merry Dairy will be at a number of events over the fall and winter starting with the Freewheeling Craft Show at Makerspace North on October 14th and the Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair at the Glebe Community Centre November 17-19 … (Or before the truck hibernates for the winter, enjoy a cone and some homemade hot chocolate at the Carleton Ravens home football games on October 14 and 21st at 1pm.)


, corporate events! Have a team you want to treat? Spend the afternoon at The Merry Dairy and make your own ice cream as a team, and take home the outputs! Contact for more info and to book your group!


And finally
… Store hours have also been modified a bit – The Merry Dairy will be closed Tuesdays, and will take a winter holiday in January, and open at 3pm on Mondays. And once in a while we may close early 😉



A one dollar Sunday ….

It’s been six weeks since the doors opened at 102 Fairmont.


As the last week of summer begins, please join in celebrating the history of 102 Fairmont with a throwback price of $1 for a soft serve cone from noon to 4pm on Sunday, September 17.


Enjoy Step Dancing and live music throughout the afternoon from Ottawa’s own Triple Trouble!


The debut of the Fairmont Sundae.


And one dollar soft serve cones.


Want something to do with your change?


Drop your change in one of four ice cream buckets to help neighbourhood charities Causeway Work Centre, Parkdale Food Centre, Salus Ottawa and St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store!


One dollar per regular priced non-soft serve item will also be split among each of the four charities!


And … a raffle! Anyone who has signed up to receive “The Scoop” by Sunday at 4pm has a chance to win one of three prizes – a free pint a week for a year, a gift certificate from Purewater Total Home Leisure, or a Merry Dairy Ice Cream Cake!