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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Downtown Columbus Streetscape and Architecture

The restoration of charming  downtown Columbus reflects the city’s history.  These buildings  are in sharp contrast to the Architectual Masterpieces that appear downtown and throughout the City.  Many restaurants of quaint design and theme occupy the area along with small shoppes and weather permitting, outdoor cafes.

Mill Race Park is located downtown and positioned on the shores of White River and features an outdoor theater where many special musical events and festivals are held.

Also located downtown is the Bartholomew County Library where the magnificent Henry Moore Large Arch sits outside on the library plaza. Always believing that you can tell a lot about a city and its priorities from its library, we would be sure that Columbus is indeed special place where the focus is indeed on a Quality of Life uncommon in many places. Also, located down, Cummins Engine Company Corporate Headquarters and the recently completed Mill Race Center, a center devoted to activities for 50 and up!

These are just a few of the highlights of Columbus’ downtown for a visit to Kids Commons and Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum would certainly be a part of a comprehensive tour.   Opening soon, the new Commons will feature the indoor children’s playground, special events center, restaurants – the gathering place of Columbus.