Dockside Dairy keeps ice cream tradition alive

Jul 9, 2024 | Business | 0 comments

The Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate Dockside Dairy’s 1st anniversary. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)


Kari and Kip Krupp have saved a Catawba tradition. The Krupps purchased Dockside Dairy last year, saving an ice cream tradition that began when the shop was opened by Coach Cook and called Cook’s Dairybar in the 1950s. When locals realized the ice cream shop that they have frequented for decades was for sale, they worried it would close.

“It closed for two days while we transferred ownership and everyone panicked,” Kari said. “Now, we have so many people who come in and reminisce. They can remember when Coach Cook ran it and when it was built.”

The Krupps brought to the business a strong connection to the area and to ice cream. Kari often vacationed at Gem Beach as a child, and Kip is a Port Clinton native. Kari’s family often made large batches of homemade ice cream for church socials, and Kip’s family owned Dairy Korner on SR 163 and Sand Rd. for many years, where their homemade coney sauce was a big hit.

Now, that same coney sauce is sold at Dockside Dairy.

Kari, left, and Kip Krupp opened Dockside Dairy a year ago. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“People kept asking if we were going to bring the coney sauce here, but we didn’t have the recipe. Kip’s mom didn’t have exact measurements, but we kept experimenting until we got it right,” Kari said. “Our biggest feature is our coney dogs. We sell a lot of hot dogs and coney dogs.”

Dockside Dairy makes root beer floats with Twin Oast root beer, and the shop’s ice cream treats are made with Toft’s ice cream.

“Everyone loves Toft’s, and people love our Dole, too,” Kari said. “We started selling nondairy, vegan, oat cream ice cream, and it’s been a big hit.”

On June 26, the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate Dockside Dairy’s first anniversary.

“We had a great first year,” Kari said. “We did really good with hiring. We have two managers and eight kids. They’re all excited about working and excited about ice cream and sundaes.”

Dockside Dairy is located at 4261 NW Catawba Rd. in Port Clinton. For more information, call 419-797-4035 or visit the Dockside Dairy Facebook page.

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