Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt opens TuesdayOctober 9, 2013
From local sources
JASPER — Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 3085 Newton St., will open Tuesday with a grand opening celebration.
Orange Leaf is a premium self-serve frozen yogurt store that offers a selection of 16 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt made fresh daily with nonfat milk. The flavors — including cheesecake, pumpkin pie, caramel apple, coffee, birthday cake and pineapple — change every few weeks. No sugar added, gluten-free and dairy-free selections are always available.
The concept is simple. Get a cup, place your desired amount of yogurt in the cup, use the toppings bar to create a masterpiece, weigh it and pay by the ounce.
“We will be offering fundraising opportunities, catering and birthday parties,” said Dr. Kelly Young, who became an Orange Leaf franchisee is July with her husband, Dr. Derrick Young.
Kelly is a general dentist and practices along with her father, Dr. Michael Flannagan, and sister, Dr. Lesley Kizior, in the Crooked Creek Doctors Plaza. Derrick has an orthodontic practice with his brother-in-law, Dr. John Kizior, at Kizior and Young Orthodontics, also in the Crooked Creek plaza.
The Youngs and their three children — Olivia, 7; Katelyn, 3; and Dylan, 6 months — consider opening the Orange Leaf shop a new adventure.
“Dylan isn’t of much help with getting the store ready to open, but he loves to look at the bright walls and fun lighting. Olivia says that she wants to be the sample girl and Katelyn insists that she is going to clean the tables,” Kelly said.
Opening a store of some sort had been a dream of the Youngs for about 10 years. But what type of store? Then about two years ago Derrick’s mother, Monica Young, mentioned a place in Evansville called Orange Leaf.
“She (Monica) absolutely loved it and kept telling us that we needed to take the kids there,” Kelly said. “We fell in love with the fun concept of creating your own dessert masterpiece. ... It was fun to see what creations our family would come up with.”
Hooked on Orange Leaf, investing in a franchise made sense. The Youngs decided to lease the building, which previously housed Wendy’s and Mama T’s, from BR Associates for the store.
“We wanted a location that was easy for people to access and that provided plenty of room for people to gather for a special treat,” Kelly said, adding that BR Associates redid the building’s exterior, which now includes a patio, with design input from the Youngs.
Kelly and Derrick gutted the inside down to the exterior block walls and then got to work building an interior “that is like nothing else around here.” Large windows surround the seating area to allow in lots of natural light, the ceiling was raised to give the store a more open feel and the eight yogurt machines are surrounded with a wall of glass tiles. Bright walls, cool accent lighting and contemporary furniture complete the fun and uplifting environment.
“People have asked us what made a dentist and orthodontist open a frozen yogurt shop,” Kelly said.
“We are in the business of making people smile! More than anything we want to make people happy. We fell in love with Orange Leaf because it was a fun place that always made us happy and smile. It’s a place for all ages to enjoy. Orange Leaf cheers you up when you’re having a bad day and it’s a place to go to celebrate a really good day.”
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.
The shop’s phone number is 481-9940, the email address is JasperOrangeLeaf@gmail.com and the website is at orangeleafyogurt.com. The business also can be found on Facebook, and a My Orange Leaf app that allows customers to vote for the next flavor to be available in the store can be downloaded.
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