Ever gotten frozen yogurt before? You stand in line, order what you want, get one of the generic flavors in generic sizes and call it good. Not at zoeyogurt, coming soon to the Circa building (6900 E Green Lake Way N).
Yesterday evening (Friday, Nov. 13, 2010) I chatted with Donna Bucher Hudson, who will be opening zoeyogurt in January with her husband Thomas. The concept behind zoeyogurt is unlike any frozen yogurt shop I’ve seen in Seattle – for a start, it’s self-serve. You can get as much or as little as you want, and sprinkle on either a few toppings or a ton.
Secondly – it will have choice. Donna says they plan on having about 12 flavors at any given time – a few tart, a few sweet, and one dairy-free sorbet. The flavors may rotate weekly – there will always be chocolate and vanilla, but seasonally you may see flavors like blueberry acai, peach mango, Heath coffee, red velvet cake, and even pumpkin cheesecake.
All the flavors are gluten-free, and 80% of them are non-fat (the rest are low-fat). Everything is certified by the National Yogurt Association which means the yogurt has at least 10 million cultures per gram (these are really good for our bodies!).
Zoeyogurt will have outdoor seating in the summer, and will offer free wi-fi, another big plus in this neighborhood.
I asked Donna “Why Green Lake?” and she was excited about moving to the neighborhood. Green Lake is health-conscious, she said, and she loved the location at Circa next to Turnpike Pizza. This is Donna and Thomas’s first venture into something like this, and they’ve been working hard the past year on making this dream come true.
During construction, Donna told me, they’ve sampled just about every other business along Green Lake Way and are enjoying Greenlake Bar & Grill and Turnpike Pizza. She thinks zoeyogurt will fit in well with the Green Lake community. Although this will be the first zoeyogurt location, Donna eventually hopes that success will allow them to be able to open a few more down the road in other north Seattle locations.
My final question – how they came up with the name – was a simple one. “It’s our dog’s name,” said Donna. “She’ll be a sort-of mascot to us.”
Zoeyogurt is scheduled to open in January – not usually considered the best time for a frozen treat, but certainly a welcome addition to our Green Lake community and I’ll brave the weather come opening day. Welcome to the neighborhood, zoeyogurt!