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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