For a tasty, healthy way to beat the Kansas heat this summer, Wichitans now have plenty of options when looking for frozen yogurt. The self-serve frozen yogurt trend has hit Wichita by storm, and no matter where one is in the city, a frozen yogurt option is nearby. Here is the low-down on some of the new yogurt joints.
CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt
1918 N. Rock Rd., Suite 700 in Derby
Candace and Terry Wright opened the Wichita area’s first CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt in Derby on May 6. CherryBerry started in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and now has expanded to reach Kansas and many other states. When Candace Wright visited a CherryBerry in Oklahoma, she knew it was the business for her family. “We looked at the concept, and it was really appealing to us,” Wright said.
CherryBerry offers 12 rotating flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt and 50 toppings. As with many self-serve yogurt places, customers pay by the ounce, and CherryBerry’s price is 39 cents per ounce. CherryBerry’s yogurt contains 10 percent live cultures, which assist the body with reducing cholesterol and proper digestion. In addition, all CherryBerry’s varieties are low-fat or fat- free and low-sugar. With bright greens and pink colors and two big screen TVs, Wright said she knew right away it would be a place that would appeal to teenagers and families. “We thought, ‘Wow this is a fun atmosphere; this would be so much fun just to go sit and hang out,’” she said.
3236 N. Rock Rd.
Even though she still is finishing her degree in entrepreneurship and marketing, Amber Dunn already is an entrepreneur. On May 4, Dunn opened Yogurt Xplosion in east Wichita. Yogurt Xplosion is Dunn’s own creation, and she owns the business along with some silent investors. Dunn and her father designed the shop’s interior, which features berry colors and the “x” that is in her store’s name. “Growing up I always knew I wanted to start my own business, but I had no clue what I wanted to do,” Dunn said. “(After visiting another frozen yogurt store), I said, ‘Dad, I know what I want to start someday.’”
Dunn’s store features 16 yogurt flavors and 60 toppings, including fresh fruit and nuts. One of the store’s slogans is “You build it…. You love it!” “My favorite part about the whole concept since you do serve yourself is you can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you want to be,” Dunn said. A fun aspect of Dunn’s store is if a customer guesses his or her yogurt weight in ounces before the cup is weighed, he or she receives the yogurt for free. “I think its something that kind of makes people want to come back,” Dunn said. “It really excites somebody when they get it right.”