New frozen yogurt store in Blaine offers a nutritional blast

Yogurt Sundae is located in Blaine’s Northgate Mall shopping area at 12410 Aberdeen St. N.E., Suite 500. With businesses such as Xperience Fitness, Perpetual Motion Gymnastics and the Foss Swim School nearby, co-owners John and Shannon Dahl and Franco and Sharlene Romero hope to draw those customers who are looking to cool off with a nutritional snack.

Deidra Jaques and Jake Bennett get a cup of frozen yogurt at the new Yogurt Sundae business in Blaine. Photo by Eric Hagen

Deidra Jaques and Jake Bennett get a cup of frozen yogurt at the new Yogurt Sundae business in Blaine. Photo by Eric Hagen

Each typical cup of frozen yogurt will have the nutritional power of anywhere from three to four servings of fruits and vegetables, Franco Romero said.

“The beauty of it all is that the texture, taste and look of our yogurt does not change whatsoever,” John Dahl said. “In fact, the proprietary blend we use will enhance the natural flavors already found in our yogurt base.”

The proprietary blend mixed with each flavor was developed by a nutritional company the Romeros own called Nurish. They were already adding the nutritional mixture to their shakes and smoothies at home when they thought of mixing it with frozen yogurt.

They discussed the idea with the Dahls — Shannon Dahl is Sharlene Romero’s sister — and they went about planning their new business venture.

There are probably thousands of different combinations that customers could try when considering all the frozen yogurt flavors and toppings available, Franco Romero said. Similar to other frozen yogurt shops, a person’s cup of yogurt sprinkled with toppings is weighed to determine the price.

 Owners of the new Yogurt Sundae business in Blaine from left to right are John and Shannon Dahl, Franco and Sharlene Romero.Photo by Eric Hagen

Owners of the new Yogurt Sundae business in Blaine from left to right are John and Shannon Dahl, Franco and Sharlene Romero.Photo by Eric Hagen

For starters, there are 18 different frozen yogurt flavors out at one time and the flavors will be rotated every couple of weeks so customers always have something new to try. Some current examples at Yogurt Sundae are ooey gooey cinnamon bun, Tahitian vanilla, dreamy dark chocolate, white chocolate mousse cake, sea salt caramel pretzel and strawberry shortcake.

The toppings put on the frozen yogurt will likely depend if the frozen yogurt flavor consists of a cake or cookie, fruit or base vanilla or chocolate flavor. There are dozens of toppings to choose from to match a frozen yogurt or to come up with a unique creation.

There are the candy toppings such as Twix and Reeses peanut butter cups, and Mike and Ike. Fresh fruit, such as kiwi, is cut every day. Sharlene Romero said they will have fresh strawberries when they are in season. There are also blueberries and mango fruit.

There are the traditional sprinkles and a mixture of purple and gold sprinkles in one container for the Minnesota Vikings fans. They plan to bring in green and gold sprinkles for the Green Bay Packers fans.

And yes, there are even pretzels to go along with the unique sea salt caramel pretzel frozen yogurt.

You’ve heard of the Blizzard at Dairy Queen. Yogurt Sundae offers the Yogurt Sundae Blast to blend frozen yogurt and toppings choices.

The owners are very excited to be debuting their new business in Blaine. The Dahls live in Richfield and the Romeros live in St. Louis Park, but both have been up to Blaine multiple times for soccer games for their kids, so they were familiar with the area.

Franco Romero said they discovered their future business site this past summer between soccer tournament games at the National Sports Center.

They were also attracted to Blaine because it is a growing community.

“It just seemed like this was a community where all the characteristics were just begging for something like this,” Franco Romero said. “We knew that this was the place to be. We knew that Blaine had so much to offer.”

Franco Romero said they want to make this more than a place to pick up frozen yogurt. They want to make it a destination where people hang out, so they put a lot of work into designing the store, from the layout, to the colors, and to the furniture.

Yogurt Sundae is currently open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hours will vary depending on the season. Check out the business website at www.yogurtsundae.com for updates.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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