As demonstrated by the line outside Rockwood's Local Yogurt a couple of weeks back -- a dozen people deep under the shopping center shade, to say nothing of the people waiting inside -- there seems to be a never-ending reservoir of demand for yogurt with tasty toppings as a healthier dessert choice.
And, as demonstrated by that very same line outside Rockwood's Local Yogurt a couple of weeks back, that tasty treat doesn't always come instantly when you're waiting on folks to fill your cup and top it off.
Enter Tutti Frutti, a California-based chain of yogurt shops whose claim to fame is self-service. You walk in, you fill your cup from one of the wall-mounted dispensers, you add your toppings, you weigh and pay.
(Those alcoves on the wall? That's the self-serve configuration at one Tutti Frutti location. It's like an Enomatic with a slightly lower alcohol content.)
Reviewers on the social media site Yelp seem to like it and its competitors in the crazy California retail scene have been very popular, and the company's expanded to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast with a handful of outposts, mostly in Florida.
And, soon, Durham -- where Tutti Frutti will soon open a shop in the Hope Valley Square shopping center, adjacent to the soon-to-open retail storefront of OnlyBurger, according to the shopping center's owners.
Speaking of Hope Valley Square: OnlyBurger is reportedly set to open its location inside two weeks' time or so.