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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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…. Read more »

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!… Read more »

14 days at 102 Fairmont …

Two weeks ago tonight The Merry Dairy opened its doors at Fairmont and Gladstone, marking a new chapter in The Merry Dairy’s journey that began five years ago. One thing has made the past two weeks so special, not to mention the past five years, has been all the Merry Dairy “portraits” taken by our customers. To mark those first… Read more »

The Final Lap ….

This week, The Merry Dairy was being chased by bears … And this week, our long chase for a new space nears its end as we see 102 Fairmont transformed from one neighbourhood space to another. Perhaps it was the painting of the exterior, or the new millwork, or the installation of the front counter. All of a sudden, it… Read more »

A look back and a sneak peek … (celebrity edition)

About a month ago, I received a message from a Gary Michaels wishing me well with opening a new shop.  He shared that his family had lived at 102 Fairmont from the 1930s until the 1970s when it was George’s Corner Store. I was so excited to hear from Gary because it meant I could find out more about the building… Read more »

Floors, Doors and Power

So much has been happening at 102 Fairmont, with decisions about lights, flooring, awnings, tile, spacing, and ice cream flavours all happening at the same time. We are still making frozen custard too! Here are some highlights of the changes that have been happening at the shop on Fairmont. Last week Lloyd (he is the one who is making everything come together) leveled… Read more »

A building’s history: hidden in the layers

The journey continues for The Merry Dairy. The truck that began its journey in Pennsylvania now has its home in Ottawa. And now the building at the corner of Fairmont and Gladstone, that has had its home in Ottawa for the past 90+ years, begins its new journey as home base for The Merry Dairy. It’s a journey that began in earnest over the past month – one that has uncovered history in layers…. Read more »

Setting up shop in Hintonburg

Just over five years ago, my family and I trundled down to southern Pennsylvania to check out a Grumman Stepvan with the intention of bringing frozen custard to Ottawa. This was after a decade of living and working in the US, and sampling frozen custard as we travelled the country. In those five years, that truck has become The Merry Dairy. I have… Read more »