Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

 

What would be the best day ever – as imagined by children and “the young at heart”?  The day most children might imagine as the best day possible would be a visit to  Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor & Museum for an irresistable lunch in downtown Columbus, followed by a visit to the Kids Commons – Columbus’ Community Children Museum (just next door) and then a return to Zaharakos for a splendid  ice cream dessert.

Zaharakos was started in 1900 by the Zaharako family who had a ice cream parlor serving homemade ice cream,  lunch and selling candy  One of the highlights of a visit to Zaharakos besides the wonderful ice cream was an opportunity to view the soda bar and the tiffany lamps and see and hear  the pipe organ – all unbelievable and  all beautiful.  As the Zaharakos family ran their business for many years, Columbus saw many changes.  Eventually, Zaharakos was sold to Tony Moravec who remodeled and restored all of the elements of the original ice cream parlor during a two-year period, enlarged the facility to include a museum, totally restored the pipe organ and reopened.    As Zaharakos was reopened, the magnificence of the endeavor was very apparent and visitors from all over the country visit to view and enjoy a soda parlor like none other.  Zaharakos has become a favorite among local residents who frequent the facility often and also a place where receptions, parties and special events are held.

A visit to the Zaharakos website will tell its history and give a lot of information about the events that make Zaharakos so special.

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