Join the anniversary party for the family-treasured ice cream shop on July 30

YOUNGSTOWN, OH, July 24, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Austintown Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is turning the big 2-0 and throwing a party to celebrate! The Austintown store will kick off festivities at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at 4800 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown, OH 44515. The party is open to the public, where guests can enjoy face painting, character appearances, a balloon artist, coloring contests, a prize wheel, giveaways, and more!

“We are so thrilled to be celebrating this big anniversary and to share this momentous occasion with our friends and neighbors,” said Leigh Jaffer, Owner of the Austintown Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “We have been so fortunate to have our community’s support throughout these 20 years and are looking forward to many more years of serving up our high quality and delicious ice cream.”

The Austintown Handel’s is led by franchise owner Leigh Jaffer, who grew up with the brand since she was 11 years old. Jaffer is the daughter of Lenny Fisher, who purchased the company from founder Alice Handel in 1985. Fisher was vital in the growth and expansion of the brand particularly through franchising. He currently serves as Chairman for Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Leigh Jaffer quickly learned the legacy of the business at an early age, having worked in the stores helping scoop ice cream before transitioning to a corporate role and buying a franchise with her husband, Dr. Adil Jaffer. In addition to the Austintown location, the Jaffer’s also own the Broadview Heights store at 103 E. Royalton Rd and the North Canton store at 2191 E Maple St.

“I am incredibly proud to be building on my family’s legacy and sharing our beloved products with others,” added Jaffer. “Our exceptional customer service paired with our amazing ice cream made fresh daily truly puts smiles on our guests’ faces and brings us so much joy every day.”

For more information about Handel’s, visit or follow the store on Instagram at @handels_austintown.

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 Times’ “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 more than 100 locations across 11 states and is growing. To learn more about Handel’s franchise opportunities, visit

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