The announcement last week that an Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop will open mid-December in the Lamont Building on Sixth Avenue Southeast has generated excitement, but several people have asked me, "Whatever happened to the Cherry Berry Frozen Yogurt that was going to come here?"
The Cherry Berry rumor was based on the company's website, which listed Aberdeen as a city where a franchise was "coming soon."
Aberdeen is still flagged as a "coming soon" site.
We called Cherry Berry headquarters when the rumor first surfaced, and no one has called back.
I have decided that the designations are based more on optimism than reality. For example, Mission is listed as a "coming soon" town. Mission has a population of 1,182 and is not on the interstate. Would anyone open a self-serve frozen yogurt franchise in Mission? Maybe, but . . .
The rumor may also have started because the new owners of the Aberdeen Orange Leaf shop checked out Cherry Berry as a possibility.
I called Brad Baloun, one of the Orange Leaf owners, and he said he traveled to Tulsa, Okla., to visit the Cherry Berry corporate office.
While Cherry Berry is a good company, Baloun said, the investors decided on Orange Leaf. They looked at many factors, including the taste of the frozen yogurt, before making the decision.
Cherry Berry has more than 100 franchises, and Orange Leaf has more than 200. Both companies are growing fast.
Baloun said he thinks the community will appreciate his investor group's choice.
Candace Briscoe of Aberdeen has started a natural cosmetics company that she said uses scientific principles of beauty to determine the right products for each client. She has developed a computer program that determines cosmetic choices based on facial dimensions, hair color, skin tone and other characteristics. The cosmetics, imported from Italy, are extremely pure, she says.
Her business is headquartered at 224 First Ave. S.E. on the western edge of Central Park.
The company is a direct selling business similar to Mary Kay.
Candice told me that she has applied for inclusion in the Direct Selling Association, which will further enhance her business. She plans to take Profiling Beauty nationwide with Aberdeen as her home base.
Her store hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. She will see clients by appointment on Monday and Tuesday. Candace can be reached at 800-731-9092
The Aberdeen Family YMCA depends on donations to complete big projects and it just got one.
Kessler's has donated $125,000 to the Y Youth Development Center being constructed west of the YMCA on South State Street.
Reed Kessler, executive vice president, told me one of the reasons Kessler's made the donation was that there is a need for more child care in Aberdeen. As a father of a 2-year-old and a 6-week old baby, he knows firsthand the peace of mind parents feel when their children receive good care.
Kessler said the Youth Development Center will benefit the entire community.
"Aberdeen has been good to us, to Kessler's, to our associates and their families," he said. "My father and I thought the Youth Development Center was much needed, so this was a way to give back to the community."
The facility is closing in on its fundraising goal of $4 million. When construction started on the building July 1, the Y had raised $3.4 million. Robert Fouberg of Dacotah Bank is spearheading the fundraising efforts.
The 25,000-square-foot facility will be licensed to serve 350 children. It is expected to be complete in July.
"We believe in the Y's values," Kessler said. "They support strong families and strong communities. The Y's values line up with our values. These guys are a class act and we feel good to support them."
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