Longboat Key is finally home to its own ice cream shop. On Aug. 12, Tyler’s Gourmet Ice Cream Shop opened in the Centre Shops.
Tyler’s, which also has locations in Cortez and and Bradenton, offers 32 flavors, chocolate bark from Chocolate Bark Co. and mason jar desserts from the Lazy Lobster.
The shop, which is a collaboration between Tyler’s Ice Cream and the Lazy Lobster will have the same hours as Lazy Lobster: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. After Labor Day, hours switch to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Dan Alderson co-owns the shop with his son, Rob and daughter-in-law Laura, along with Lazy Lobster co-owners Michael Garey and Bob Fracalossy. Although it was a quiet opening, Alderson said it went well.
“We were very pleasantly surprised because we didn’t do any advertising as yet,” he said. “We’re going to start doing that, but we wanted to do a real soft opening so we could get all the kinks out.”