Sweet Frog

February 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

NEW YOGURT SHOP OPENS ON COLLEGE DRIVE

BY VANESSA DEGGINS

A sampling of toppings at Sweet Frog yogurt shop. Photo courtesy of Sweet Frog

A sampling of toppings at Sweet Frog yogurt shop. Photo courtesy of Sweet Frog

A new yogurt shop has opened on College Drive. sweetFrog is a self-serve yogurt shop that also offers about 54 toppings and half a dozen sauces.

Owner Jennifer Willis had worked with her brother-in-law’s shops in the Richmond, Va. area and decided to strike out on her own when he mentioned expanding to Louisiana.

The Shreveport native took the opportunity to move back home and opened her doors in October 2012.

“We started slow, but things have really picked up in the past few months,” Willis said.

She said she tries to follow the company’s principles of being involved in the community and being a positive influence.

Willis offers about a dozen flavors, some of which are seasonal, like the Thin Mint and blueberry burst flavors.

She said she also tries to keep at least two sugar-free or dairy-free yogurts for people who may have those health restrictions.

You wouldn’t know that the cheesecake yogurt is sugar free. It also doesn’t have an aftertaste from artificial sweeteners, which Willis said is common.

The other sugar-free flavor she currently carries is praline and her current non-dairy flavors are mango and strawberry lemonade.

The strawberry lemonade can be very tart, but is also a very refreshing light flavor.

The cookies and cream flavor really tastes like regular ice cream and Willis said that flavor and cake batter has converted a lot of non-yogurt eaters.

The different types of toppings include strawberries, blueberries, rice crispy treats, waffle cone bites, granola and cinnamon toast crunch cereal.

The company was founded by Derek Cha in 2009 who wanted to wanted to start a business and offer a bright, family-friendly environment, according to the website.

The site says sweetFrog was “founded on the principles of Christianity and our belief in bringing happiness and a positive attitude into the lives of our consumers.”

So far, Willis has hosted a Yelp! Shelter pet adoption drive and said she would like to work with churches and youth groups for fundraisers.

Sweet Frog is located at 3151 College Drive in the College Creek shopping center behind FedEx. It’s hours are 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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