gave customers an early taste in November and now invites the community to celebrate its grand opening next week.
Churchville resident Kent Jordan hosted a soft opening for the frozen dessert franchise on Nov. 10, offering a healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream treats. Since the business opened, Jordan says he has seen a positive community response.
“This time of year is typically a little slow, but I think we’re doing very well even with those things,” Jordan said.
It will be the second store in Maryland with 70 calories or less in most of its four-ounce servings. The dessert is dairy-based, but is not considered ice cream or frozen yogurt based on the small percentage of milk, cream or butter fat. The other Maryland store is located in Severna Park.
“This is a nice treat you can have without feeling guilty,” Jordan said.
Jordan spoke with company representatives at the International Franchise Association Expo in Washington last year, where he did some research and decided to open his own store.
“I kind of have a weakness for ice cream,” Jordan said. “This is the kind of thing I thought would do really well in Harford County.”
will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10 and 11 at the store's location at 5 Bel Air South Parkway in the Festival at Bel Air. The celebration will feature face painting and a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday.
Tasti-D-Lite was founded in 1987 and has more than 50 locations.