The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is a community of entrepreneurs working together and supporting each other to create a stronger neighborhood and business environment, through advocacy, promotion, networking and education.
Jeni Briton Bauer has been making ice creams professionally for two decades. Jeni founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 with two goals in mind: making better ice creams and bringing people together. Her ahead-of-the-trend vision, coupled with inspired flavors, sparked the artisan ice cream movement more than a decade before it would become a top food trend.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish. When visiting, you may notice the absence of a long list of stabilizers and emulsifiers on their label; that’s because they prefer building texture and flavor without them. That great ice cream is served perfectly in a sparkling and beautiful space, with attentive and in-the-moment service that brings people together and helps them connect. Jeni’s also believes that you can grow a business as a community of people, with artful attention to detail and the customer experience, and get continuously better at the same time. This applies both to their customer base as well as to their relationship to suppliers and growers. It takes a community of people to build ice cream from the ground up: growers, makers, producers, suppliers, customers.
The other part of Jeni’s community is its customer base. With locations across the country and products sold nearly everywhere, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams have faithful customers all over the United States. But Wrigleyville and Lakeview hold Jeni’s most loyal customers. In fact, former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, known for his commitment to personal health and fitness, loves Jeni’s and eats an entire pint every few weeks to balance out his diet. He hasn’t shared what his favorite flavor is, so you’ll have to go and ask for yourself!