The frozen yogurt self-serve boom is still in full swing and a new self-serve shop has just opened up in my neighborhood! Yogurt Yum has been open for business for about a month in the Mission Trace Shopping Plaza in Thornton, Colorado. Yogurt Yum is single location that is privately and locally owned and operated. This is a great location to open a frozen yogurt shop. It is surrounded by banks, retail stores, grocery stores and restaurants. There are also dance studios and other children activity centers only doors away.
Yogurt Yum does not boast much square footage, but I was actually shocked at how well they utilized their space. There was ample seating with two high-top tables for two at the front of the store and a row of cushioned booth seating along the far right wall accompanied by several smaller tables and chairs. Yogurt Yum even provided a colorful kids’ picnic table for the youngest of the fro-yo desserters. There was a flat screen tucked away on the dining wall and candy dispensers mounted on the opposite wall above the toppings bar. The décor, right down to colors on the walls, gave this spot an old fashioned soda shop appeal.
Aside from the great design and layout, Yogurt Yum served me, hands down, the best cup of frozen yogurt that I have had to date. I chose New York Style Cheesecake topped with graham cracker and Oreo cookie crumbles and M&Ms. Great flavor to begin with, but I cannot stress how unbelievably creamy and smooth the frozen yogurt was. It kept its consistency even down to the ends of the cup, where most often you’re left with a watery, separated version of frozen yogurt. Utter perfection! The cashier, Zach, was most helpful and knowledgeable about Yogurt Yum and the frozen yogurt biz in general. He promptly greeted every store patron, myself included, and briefly explained the self-serve procedure. Any time I dine-out, no matter if my meal or treat was exactly what I expected, great service can make or break the whole experience. I always find it refreshing when someone in the service industry appears excited about where they work and what they do. Zach also informed me that ½ of my order’s total would be donated to a local youth sports program, North Suburban Thunder’s spirit fundraiser. There was also a spokeswoman from the organization standing-by at Yogurt Yum to help answer questions for anyone interested in learning more about the local league. The price per ounce at Yogurt Yum is $0.39. This is lower than most prices I’ve seen from competitors and Yogurt Yum definitely offered a superior cup of frozen yogurt at a great price!
I give my whole Yogurt Yum experience a five out five stars rating. They did not offer as many toppings as I would have liked to have seen at a frozen yogurt shop, and not nearly the variety of chocolate or fresh fruits, but the essentials were stocked, and again, they are limited on actual store space. They did offer a good selection of syrup toppings, though, and the store was spotlessly clean and well kept. I am partial to Yogurt Yum, not only because it sits in my neighborhood, but also because, in all facets, it is a truly local business.