BRADENTON -- Folks who scream for ice cream on Riverwalk can soon dip into a new shop at Twin Dolphin Marina.
Corwin's Ice Cream and Smoothies is working to open Feb. 15 inside the marina, 1000 First Ave. W, under the direction of Pier 22 General Manager and Executive Chef Greg Campbell.
Campbell, who also helps operate Twin Dolphin Marina, noticed a need for people walking along the Riverwalk to stop for a soda or water and ice cream. And he thinks the former convenience store space is perfect.
"We really feel there's a need on the Riverwalk to give people a destination on their walk," Campbell said.
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Hours will initially be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and would probably be tweaked after the first two weeks, he said.
The shop will feature ice cream, yogurt, sundaes, floats, coffee, nostalgic candies, donuts and smoothies. The ice cream will come from McClain's Homemade Ice Cream in Sarasota, which has been in business since 1990 using a Pennsylvania Dutch family recipe.
Not everything will be strictly for the tourist with a sweet tooth.
"The smoothies -- we wanted to be healthy because of all the walkers
in the morning," Campbell said. "So we're doing with almond milk, bananas and fresh fruit."
Construction at the shop is a little more than halfway completed. An awning over the new patio featuring wrought iron bistro tables and a decorative fence is taking shape, and will have a new paint job on the walls and on the custom-built counters.
You will see some familiarity with Pier 22. Baked goods from the restaurant will be featured at Corwin's so folks in the morning can have a scone with their coffee and paper. The initial staff will also be the hostesses at Pier 22, he said.
"It'll be nice marketing -- they can answer questions about the restaurant and while they're at the restaurant, they can answer questions about the ice cream shop, so it keeps it whole," Campbell said.
David Gustafson, executive director of Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, says visitors have mentioned they'd like a place to stop in to get a water or ice cream, and Corwin's fills that void.
"If Pier 22 is doing it, I feel extremely confident it will be a great success, and they'll do it right," he said. "We have a lot of people coming in and off the Riverwalk and asking for ice cream and lots of little goodies."
The shop's name is a nod to Corwin's Dock in Bradenton, which was the name of the area before the memorial pier was built, Campbell said.
"There was a fish camp out there, a couple little stores and shops that people came here for before it was even Bradentown," he said.
The shop will feature prints and descriptions of the historic Corwin's Dock thanks to the help from South Florida Museum's second-floor exhibit, he said. As a thank-you to South Florida Museum visitors, folks can come in with their museum ticket stub and get 10 percent off, Campbell said.
For more information, search for Corwin's Ice Cream on Facebook or call 941-748-3433.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.