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Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt opens in Marysville

 

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt owner Rickelle Pegrum at her shop.

Marysville families have a new place to stop for a cold treat at Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt which opened earlier this year in January.

The new frozen yogurt business is at 1206 State Ave, Marysville, in the Safeway Plaza.

"I hope for us to be one of those places people feel like they can come, relax, have a meeting, have a birthday party, visit with friends, and linger a while," said Rickelle Pegrum, owner of the new local business.

Pegrum and her husband are Marysville locals and got interested in starting the business when they realized that there wasn't any frozen yogurt places nearby.

"My husband and I have small children and we wanted to have a place to take our kids for family functions, treat times and something to do as a family," she said.

She hopes her store's warm atmosphere will be inviting to people.

"We live in a place that rains a lot, so sometimes having a cold dessert doesn't sound like the most inviting thing to do, but if you come into a place that is warm and inviting it doesn't seem that uncomfortable," she said.

The shop will have 10 flavors of yogurt, and some of those flavors will be on rotation so they can bring in new ones every month, said Pegrum.

"So we have an opportunity to try out the more than 100 flavors that are available from the company we get our yogurt from," she said.

They will always have the basics like vanilla, chocolate and original tart, she said, and so far have had some of the more uncommon flavors like sweet coconut or mountain blackberry.

The shop will also always have non-fat versions, no sugar added versions and gluten-free options, because Pegrum said they want to make sure they have something for all kids.

Pegrum said one kid came in who had gluten allergies and she was happy she could still serve her.

"She was so excited to be a part of what all the other kids were a part of without her ever experiencing it, and to me that was the best experience, giving her the opportunity to just be a regular kid," said Pegrum.

Pegrum said that all of their toppings like strawberries, pineapples, raspberries, kiwis and blackberries will be fresh.

"Nothing that's been pre-processed. All of our food is chopped and prepared fresh here everyday," she said.

They will also have the standard warm toppings like hot fudge or caramel.

The yogurt price comes in at $0.45 per ounce.

Pegrum said the shop will be rolling out espresso, smoothie and blended drink options soon as well.

The shop has a been "a real labor of love" for Pegrum and her husband, she said. The tables are wooden and hand built, and the response to the shop has been positive so far, she said.

"They're really appreciative of the fact there is a place to sit and eat as a family," said Pegrum.

The store is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Pegrum expects additional hours will be added in the summertime as well.

 

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