Despite the shop’s short menu–just frozen yogurt and yogurt-based treats–no two trips to Yagööt are alike. Every few months, the shop shakes up its frozen-yogurt lineup, swapping in two new seasonal flavors to complement the Original and Strawberry yogurts available year-round. So, while one visit may have yielded a sweet cup of fresh raspberries and Strawberry fro-yo, the next could treat taste buds to an entirely different experience, perhaps caramel-drizzled Italian Cocoa or Oreos crumbled over Pomegranate yogurt.
At Yaourt Frozen Yogurt—an independently owned, locally operated business—self-serve machines line the walls to dispense indulgent flavors of frozen yogurt made fresh daily in-store from low-fat milk and low-fat plain yogurt. Amid Yaourt's calm, relaxing ambience, the staff crafts creamy flavors such as tiramisu and peanut butter, and uses real fruit purees to whip up indulgent-yet-low-fat flavors that include strawberry, mango, and pomegranate. A toppings bar also adds a splash of decadence with toppings such as crushed nuts, M&Ms, and fresh fruit.
Divine De-lites owner Kim Herring didn’t set out to become full-time baker. “I was really more of a cook,” she says, “but then whenever we had family functions I always baked stuff.” But not just any "stuff"––breads and cookies that had family and friends raving. For nearly 10 years, others tried to convince her to turn her part-time passion into a career, and when the economic downturn led her to leave her job in the corporate arena, she decided to do exactly that.
To craft her treats, Herring employs family recipes––including one for a much-lauded banana bread––and formulations she developed herself using organic and local products whenever possible. Cookies are her No. 1 specialty, which she whips up in flavors such as oatmeal apricot, peanut butter, and almond butter with fig, and can be made gluten-free, sugar-free, or disguised as salads to suit a range of dietary concerns. But it’s her chocolate-chip cookies that are the real crowd pleaser. “They’re kinda crispy on the outside, but when you break ‘em open they’re real soft on the inside. And [there are] lots of chocolate chips.”
Since every frozen-yogurt treat at 39 Below FroYo is customizable, that means every price is, too. Hence the Thursday special, when the shop hands out free yogurts to patrons who guess their price and 10% discounts to those whose answers fall within five cents. The treats themselves sport flavors from 39 Below's rotating lineup, which encompasses everything from key-lime sorbet and Belgian cookie to sugar-free strawberry banana. Atop those swirls, patrons can add fixings from a massive toppings bar full of local ingredients, plus classics such as Oreo crumbles.
Before dessert, 39 Below opens at 8 a.m. to serve breakfasts like customizable yogurt parfaits and french toast stuffed with salted-caramel cream cheese. Glasses of iced tea can complement meals, while cups of coffee can warm taste buds or melt the yogurt of a sworn enemy.