Two Scoops - more than ice cream
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
From left, Robin, Ruth and Debby
are ready to serve you at Two Scoops.
If one scoop is good and two scoops are better, it stands to reason that if one business is good, then two are the best. At least that’s what Dave LaBelle the owner of Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee Café in Anna Maria thinks.
LaBelle’s eight successful clothing stores, Two Sides of Nature, have been keeping him and his wife, Mary LaBelle, busy for some time. When the opportunity of opening a café next door to one of his shops presented itself two years ago, LaBelle was more than ready for his next venture.
Two Scoops is known for its 32 flavors of homemade ice cream served in a variety of configurations ranging from the traditional single or double scoop in a cup or on a cone to something called the No Banana-Scoops Split. Only McClain’s Homemade Ice Cream is used and delivered four times a week. They also sell ice cream to go by the pint or quart, shakes and malts, and you can top your ice cream scoops with Reeses, Oreos, Snickers, sprinkles and many more sweets.
But Two Scoops has much more to offer than ice cream. its menu includes a variety of casual dining choices, which are served all day until nine at night, at value prices.
Two Scoops is a breakfast hot spot on the Island where you can choose a Two Scoops McMuffin or McBagel, Belgian waffle, a gourmet bagel, French toast or eggs with sausage, bacon and toast. Barnie’s Coffee is served as well as lattes and espressos. Sub sandwiches, club sandwiches, croissant sandwiches, gourmet bagel sandwiches wraps and hot dogs are also on the menu, along with chili and the Two Scoops big hit – chili dogs.
Its cookies, muffins and brownies are baked on site, and bagels and bread products are delivered fresh daily. Two Scoops also has candy and popcorn as well as carrying an assortment of gourmet food items like Tortuga Rum Cakes and white chocolate pretzels.
LaBelle’s 11 employees are always attentive to customer’s needs with Ruth Mercer overseeing the day to day operation of the café as if it were her own. In addition, LaBelle’s mother works one day a week, and you can find his daughter, Britney LaBelle, there when her college schedule permits, and soon his other daughter, Taylor LaBelle, will also be behind the counter. Two Scoops is a family affair and LaBelle considers the entire staff to be part of the family.
Dave LaBelle says Two Scoops is a fun place where the customers come in with a smile and everyone just smiles back. With an ice cream cone in hand, the shimmering Gulf of Mexico across the street and the sun turned on high, there isn’t too much not to smile about. Two Scoops – toooooo delicious!
Two ScoopsIce Cream Parlor
& Coffee Café
101 S. Bay Blvd.
Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily