One-stop shop for a quick cool down

One-stop shop for a quick cool down

For nearly five years, The Yogurt Spot had been providing patrons a snack alternative and a fun atmosphere to enjoy it in. The colorful, 1,400-square-foot brightly lit café shares a wall with Subway in the parking lot of Exogen at Dowlen and Phelan, a perfect location utilized by gym-goers and people commuting along the busy streets.

Still the chillest

In case you haven’t stopped by, The Yogurt Spot is still one of the coolest places to hang out; there are big screens and Wi-Fi, a long bar that overlooks the busy intersection and comfy booths easily accommodating 130 plus — not to mention the outside seating under the colorful umbrellas.

The Yogurt Spot was founded upon the idea of bringing a dessert bar concept that provides self-serve yogurt and fresh toppings to individuals who are looking for a healthier lifestyle. Franchise owner Starla Foust believes in the company’s vision and designs of bringing a modern and unique twist to the traditional ice cream shop, without losing sight of delivering a high-quality product to patrons. The pay-by-the ounce healthy dessert bar allows customers to choose endless combinations of flavors and toppings with a unique self-service technique. Trying new concoctions is encouraged, and mini sample cups are available so you can sample before you buy. The Yogurt Spot self-serve line pairs flavors next to one another like vanilla and chocolate and then provides a dispenser between two flavors that combines them in a swirl. The only problem is which ones to choose!

The shop has 11 flavors of yogurt and sorbet, all with probiotics — the good bacteria known for aiding digestion as well as promoting other health benefits. In addition, the yummy yogurt also is gluten free, low in sugar and high in Vitamin D. The made-on-site yogurt has been known to also boost immune systems, lower cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, and even help clear skin. The tasty treat provides a healthier diet and with so many exotic flavors and 30 different toppings, customers have a multitude of choices in front of them to create their own dessert instantly. This unique selling point allows our customers to be as artistic and inventive as they would like.

What we ate

With the self-serve option available, it’s hard not to get carried away with all of the different flavors and combinations! We filled up our cups with varieties such as Strawberry Fields Forever, Mango Tango Sorbet, Cookies ‘n Cream, Cake Batter Up, Straight Up Vanilla, and Belgian Waffle.

Where to begin? The strawberry frozen yogurt was ah-mazing! Normally desserts have an artificial fruit taste, but we were checking our teeth for seeds because the flavor was so intense. The Cookies n’ Cream was typically delicious, and the straight up vanilla was, well … as it says. Our personal faves were the Mango Tango Sorbet, and the newest flavor, Belgian Waffle. The sorbet tasted like fresh crushed mangos, and the texture was smooth and creamy. The Belgian Waffle is a must-try if you like waffle cones with your ice cream. The syrupy goodness is perfect for fans!

We added ground graham crackers, fresh raspberries and kiwi, and crushed walnuts to our mix to give it a little extra pizzazz. Unlike other ice cream shops, The Yogurt Spot charges per ounce, not per scoop or per topping, so if you like extra gummy bears, crushed snickers and pineapple chunks, you can pile it on.

Variety is only limited by one’s own creativity, and the Yogurt Spot’s offerings vary seasonally. Look for watermelon and orange flavors for summer, pumpkin in the fall, peppermint in winter and Irish mint in spring. Other flavors are added periodically, too.

Want to bring the great tasting yogurt to you? The Yogurt Spot also offers catering options for your next party. They also run seasonal specials, such as their buy one cup, get one half off sweet Valentine’s Day deal.

Don’t forget to ask for their free stamp card; you get a free yogurt after filling the card. This delicious, self-serve yogurt bar has so many different flavors and topping options to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. As The Yogurt Spot slogan goes … you can really “Invent Yourself.”


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