Twist Frozen Yogurt Bar & Sweet Shop to Open in Katonah

After seeing fro-yo shops open in nearby Cross River and Mt. Kisco, Katonah will have one to call their very own.

After finishing dinner at , picking the kids up from the , stopping by the or just driving by the plaza at 120 Bedford Road, you'll soon have a place to satisfy your urge for a sweet, cold treat.

That's because Twist Frozen Yogurt—now open in Yorktown Heights—was approved by the Bedford planning board Tuesday night to open a second location in Katonah, in the space recently vacated by the

"We're so excited about the location," said Teresa McKenna, who owns the business with her husband Kevin McKenna and their friends, Mary Beth and Michael Daly of Somers.

It was a childhood dream of Daly's to open an ice cream shop, he told Yorktown Patch when the store opened there. He said he remembered growing up in White Plains and walking to his favorite, old-fashioned ice cream parlor. "It's been a lifelong dream," he said. "To see it come to fruition is incredible, very fulfilling."

The two couples opened their first shop in April and based on its success are "taking a leap of faith" opening another, according to Teresa McKenna. 

"We have a lot of confidence in this spot," she said. "My kids go the art center, I shop at the grocery store there and get my car washed down the street. We plan to invest in the community and hope they'll support us, too."

Having just won the town's approval, the couples don't yet have a target opening date but are meeting with their architect, Eric Singer, and designing the space. They plan to stick with the same color scheme and product set up they have in Yorktown because the formula works, McKenna told Patch.

The shop will feature bright colors, music and photos of their customers.

"We wanted to go for a really whimsical kind of place, like Willy Wonka or Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. Just something where people will have fun," she said.

The shop will serve 12 nutritious self-serve frozen yogurt flavors—with more than 60 toppings, both chilled and dried—and some dairy-free, no sugar-added and non-fat options.

Cookies and cream and cake batter are current favorites of the couples' five children, ages 9-10, and very popular in the store. Vanilla and chocolate fro-yo and soft-serve will be offered each day, with rotating sorbet flavors including mango tango and watermelon.

McKenna said they tasted hundreds of flavors in other shops before settling on the product they carry.

"We just went on vacation in Florida and visited at least five shops and taste-tested new flavors—it's the best research you can do," she said.

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Sarah July 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Hopefully this will motivate the town to spruce up the face of the shopping plaza bc it does not measure up at all to the rest of Katonah. I live across the street and would love for it to resemble the rest of town now that so many locals will be coming to the yogurt shop.
Emily July 25, 2012 at 01:00 PM
If he's always wanted to own an old fashioned ice cream parlor then why is he buying into and giving us ANOTHER one of these fad-following self-serve frozen yogurt places? How about giving old fashioned adorable Katonah a REAL ice cream store that sells a product that is actually CALLED ice cream?
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Sarah - that would be great - the Finer Winer and Olivers both took pains to spruce up their storefronts but the plaza is lacking. A good follow up story idea, thanks! Emily, I don't know if you've tried Treat (Cross River) or Frannie's (Mt. Kisco) but they're both pretty good! And both Noka Joe's and King Kone—just down the street—serve the full-fat variety (Noka's is seasonal). You are, of course, free to patronize whichever shops suit your tastebuds!
Sarah July 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I don't know if anyone remembers Razzleberries but it was on main street in town when I was growing up and always packed...homemade ice cream. Well as all the other shops they will need to offer more than yogurt in the colder months to stay in business. Healthy soups and sandwiches would be great!
Nick Richards July 25, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Sarah, I would think the appearance of the shopping plaza is for the owner of that property, not the town, to deal with. So while I agree with your sentiment, I suspect nothing in that regard will happen.
Nick Richards July 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I think it'll be great not to have to drive to Mt. Kisco, Cross River or Yorktown to find a frozen yogurt place. I can't really tell the difference between the frozen yogurt they sell today and soft-serve ice cream, especially after I heap on the toppings. And the variety of frozen yogurt flavors is one of the attractions.
Sarah July 26, 2012 at 03:38 AM
By the way Lisa if you need any help regarding your next article about sprucing up the shopping center I am more than happy to help in any way! Nick - unfortunately the shopping center isn't considered "old Katonah" and therefore doesn't have the storefront and appearance guidelines that Main Street does. This is the first shopping area you see coming in from 117 so you'd think they would pave it and have the A&P storefront updated.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 09:31 AM
Great Sarah, email me Lisa@Patch.com.


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