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We’re screaming for Nina West flavor of Jeni’s Ice Cream

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Nina West is on a roll after a stellar performance on season 11 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. The hometown superstar earned “Miss Congeniality” honors in the show’s recent season finale, fresh off of the release of an album of children’s music AND comedy EP.

Never content to stand still, Nina has partnered with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for the release of an ice cream flavor, online collection, and t-shirt in celebration of Pride Month. To sweeten the deal, Jeni’s is donating 100% of profits from each item during the month of June to The Nina West Foundation, which supports LBGTQ+ causes.

“We recognize that the fight for equality continues on multiple fronts and we are a company that will stay in this fight until the very end,” said Jeni’s founder Jeni Britton Bauer via a press release. “Working to advance equality for all is front and center to who we are as a community.”

Available now at Jeni’s scoop shops nationwide, new flavor “Nina West’s Dream Puff” is described as a slightly salty vanilla custard ice cream with pastry flakes and a ribbon of strawberry sauce. The flavor will be available while supplies last.

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“We based the flavor on our Cream Puff ice cream because it’s one of Nina’s favorites,” said Britton Bauer. “But we wanted something punchy to it. So we added fresh strawberry sauce because it’s one of her favorite fruits. And, for some reason, whenever I think of Nina, I always picture her in a red dress.”

Also available for purchase at jenis.com is “The Nina West Pride Collection,” a curated lineup of four of Nina’s favorite Jeni’s ice creams of the moment. Currently, the lineup includes Jeni’s flavors Gooey Butter Cake, Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam, Blackout Chocolate Cake, and the new dairy-free flavor Cold Brew with Coconut Cream.

Purchases from the collection in June will benefit the Nina West Foundation, as will sales from the 2019 Jeni’s Pride t-shirt, which is also available at jenis.com.

“I’ve known and been a fan of Jeni as long as I can remember, so this is a dream come true,” said West. “Dream Puff is exquisite. Thank you, Jeni, for this incredible experience and for supporting The Nina West Foundation.”

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Five places to snag a donut today

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Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist

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Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday

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Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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