froYo opens on Maryland

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Gelato di Riso frozen yogurt froYo

froYo opened its latest location ten days ago in a space formerly occupied by Gelato di Riso at 4663 Maryland. Judging from the crowds that frequented the store the first weekend, the premium frozen yogurt operation needed little introduction to the neighborhood. The CWE location joins three others in a growing chain of local stores, one in UCity and two in West County. The owners of froYo were so anxious to open a store here that they bought out Gelato di Riso's lease last Fall.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Gelato di Riso frozen yogurt froYo

Over the past six months the space has been completely renovated. This is a self-serve operation. froYo's frozen yogurt dispensers are along one wall of the store. Flavors, either non- or low-fat, include dutch chocolate, white vanilla, cookies & cream, peanut butter, mango tart, red velvet cake, and New York cheesecake, 42 cents an ounce. Cups come in two sizes, small (medium) and large (huge). It was hard for this neophyte to judge what an ounce (or five) of frozen yogurt looks like so, unless you are one to throw caution to the wind, take heed. The scale is at the cash register, and by the time you add toppings, which include lovely fresh fruit, nuts, candies and cookie bits, shown below, you may be surprised at what you've packed into your container. Forty-two cents an ounce adds up.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Gelato di Riso frozen yogurt froYo

The toppings are not self-serve too.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Gelato di Riso frozen yogurt froYo

 
I asked a young customer who created the combination shown left if hers was the "everything but the kitchen sink" froYo. "No," she said, "I like mine a little rough."

 

 

 

 

 

  Nicki's Central West End Guide Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Gelato di Riso frozen yogurt froYo

froYo has a fresh, very appealing contemporary look to it, and on a sunny afternoon last week attracted a young crowd to its outdoor tables. I always love to see the students from Paul Mitchell, The School on Maryland Plaza (shown clad in their signature black through the window) out and about, and there they were enjoying a break from their classes.

For all its hipness however, there is one glaring omission in froYo's concept: the shop's paper containers are not "green." I looked at the bottom of the cups for the recycling symbol and then asked two different employees. There was a moment of slight surprise that I asked, but the answer was negative. This seems way out of step as we work toward becoming a more environmentally conscious society…and neighborhood.

froYo, 4663 Maryland, Sun. to Thurs. 11a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Becky Homan retires as Bowood’s Events Consultant

Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News Urban Gardens  Greg Freeman Park. Bowood Farms

Photos courtesy of Becky Homan

After three years as Events Consultant for Bowood Farms, Becky Homan is retiring to spend time traveling, cooking, and hopefully taking more pictures. With her Nikon D90 set on a tripod for taking still lifes, Becky has consistently snapped gorgeous photos promoting Bowood's special events.The bearded iris shown here, which look so lovely wherever you spot them right now, were photographed at Greg Freeman Park at Des Peres and Kingsbury, in the Skinker-DeBaliviere Neighborhood (see post about neighborhood here). As Becky said in her email, "a little Van Gogh in the city." I couldn't agree more.

Becky said that one of her proudest accomplishments while at Bowood (and in my opinion, there are many) was booking floral designer Jane Winter for a couple of springtime workshops. When word got out that Jane, owner of Wildflowers, was teaching at Bowood, the class sold out immediately. A second date was scheduled, and that too was filled within hours. 

Congratulations, bon chance, and send more photos Becky!

Nicki's Central West End Guide Shop News Urban Gardens  Greg Freeman Park. Bowood Farms