The new Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt store is now open on State Street with 16 flavors and a bright orange and green dining area that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
According to Orange Leaf shift manager Kate Dargan, the Oklahoma-based company opened its 211th yogurt shop in Portsmouth on Nov. 16 and so far she said it has been very well received. So far, the Portsmouth shop's Facebook page has 191 likes.
The new yogurt eatery boasts 16 flavors that include holiday choices such as pumpkin pie and gingerbread along with many other fruity and chocolatety flavors. There are also eight self service yogurt machines and patrons are welcome to create their own yogurt treat at 49 cents per ounce. There are also plenty of toppings to go with whatever yogurt flavor patrons choose.
The dining area features art deco orange and white chairs and tables and a large flat-screen television set that will often broadcast sporting events.
Construction crews labored for quite some time to renovate the State Street space into the new yogurt shop.
According to an Orange Leaf press release for the new store opening, the franchise is co-owned by Robin Brownson and David McDonald.
“Portsmouth is such a vibrant coastal city,” Brownson said in a prepared statement. “What we love is that Orange Leaf is a fun, bright, happy place where people can come and hang out and enjoy a delicious, unique dessert any time of year.”
On Tuesday evening, Brownson said she is confident the new yogurt shop will do well because of its location and because more people want to enjoy frozen yogurt today than ever before. She also said that when annual events like the Prescott Park Arts Festival resume during the spring and summer or when people go out to eat or come to the city for different events, she envisions many of them will patronize the yogurt shop.
According to Orange Leaf officials, McDonald has had experience as a business owner in the area and knows how supportive the community is.
“I can’t imagine opening an Orange Leaf anywhere else,” McDonald said in the same prepared statement. “We love that the city of Portsmouth is host to so many great festivals and events that attract both visitors and the local community.”
Brownson also said that they have already received positive feedback from the community.
“As the construction paper started to come off the windows and as we got closer to the completion of the store, it was exciting to have neighbors and visitors stopping by to wish us well,” Brownson said in the prepared statement. “This community is great, and everyone we talk to has been so positive and welcoming.”
The new store is currently hosting a PJ Drive to support the Cross Roads House. Anyone who brings in a new pair of PJs will receive a card for three free ounces of froyo, according to Orange Leaf officials.