The franchise is experiencing rapid growth as it scoops up nationwide business opportunities.

ROCKY RIVER, OH, April 11, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Serving legendary ice cream since 1945, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is celebrating a major milestone in its home state by announcing the 100th store opening in Rocky River, OH on April 20! Handel’s is known for its made fresh daily flavors and passionate fanbase. The Buckeye State will be getting another sweet addition as the brand continues to grow from coast to coast. The Rocky River Handel’s is located at 19935 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116. The grand opening celebration begins at 11:00 am and is open to the public. The first 100 guests will be receiving Free Ice Cream For a Year.

“Ohio is the home state for Handel’s, so we are incredibly proud to expand the sweet legacy here in Rocky River,” said Morgan Rubin, General Manager for the Rocky River Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “I live and breathe Handel’s, having grown up with the brand. My family opened the Niles Handel’s in 2000 and I worked there when I was younger. I love what I do and am thrilled to help grow the brand that started in my hometown.”

Handel’s is projected to open over 40 new locations in 2023. The brand has been recognized for its successful Grand Openings and rapid franchise growth.

“We could not be more excited to celebrate the opening of our 100th Handel’s location in Rocky River, OH, just 82 miles from where Alice Handel opened her first ice cream shop in 1945,” said Rich Matherne, CEO at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “We’re growing, introducing ‘the best ice cream on the planet’ to new customers across the country…but Ohio will always be home. We hope you’ll come celebrate with us!”

An official ribbon cutting with the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce will kick off the celebration on April 20 starting at 11:00 am. Guests will also enjoy raffles, music, games, magic by Ellie Hauio, ice cream, and more!

The Rocky River store will feature local fan-favorite flavors including Black Cherry, Buckeye, Coffee Chocolate Chip, Graham Central Station, Oree-Dough, Salty Caramel Truffle, and more. The location will offer dine-in, pickup, delivery, and catering.

The Rocky River Handel’s is 2,100 sq. ft. and will be open daily from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

The original Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream opened in Youngstown, OH in 1945. The company maintains its roots in Ohio with corporate offices in Canfield, OH and there are a number of locations throughout the state.

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Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream has been in the business of making and selling fresh ice cream since 1945. Founded in Youngstown, Ohio by Alice Handel, the company continues the sweet legacy she established from her backyard garden, using fresh ingredients and upholding a commitment to quality. Each batch of Handel’s ice cream is made fresh daily, using Alice’s original methods and recipes. There are 48 flavors available daily and more than 140 flavors that rotate seasonally.

In 2023, Handel’s ranked on Franchise Time’s Fast & Serious, a list of the smartest-growing franchises for the year. Handel’s has also been named #1 Ice Cream on the Planet by National Geographic, one of the Top 10 Best Ice Cream Businesses by USA Today, one of the Top 500 Restaurants in America by Nation’s Restaurant News and Top 500 Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Handel’s currently has 99 locations across 11 states and is growing. To learn more about Handel’s franchise opportunities, visit

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