A freeze to please
I WAS like a kid in a candy store when my boss gave me $20 and tasked me to taste-test a healthy new treat.
But going to a new self-service frozen yoghurt and ice-creamery in Rockhampton was a job I couldn’t tackle on my own.
I grabbed two of my work colleagues and we were on our way to Fruitziyama on Musgrave Street.
So why the interest in this new business?
Because it’s the first Fruitziyama store in the world.
I helped myself to a strawberry and vanilla frozen yoghurt while Amy had mango and strawberry and Melinda a vanilla and mango.
Then there were the numerous fresh fruit toppings, which we sprinkled liberally on the top.
The verdict? It was yama yummy.
The ideas man behind the colourful and modern store is Michael Chaplya who said he was pleased with the response so far.
His store is one of 522 new businesses to open or change its name in the Rockhampton region this year, according to the Office of Fair Trading.
Mr Chaplya said he has had about 300 customers over the past week and expected more to flow in once people knew what the business was.
He said it was the first Fruitziyama store in the world, with a second store to open in Stockland Rockhampton next month.
Once Mr Chaplya is satisfied with the businesses, he plans to open more around the country.
With bright and colourful walls, funky tables and a cute icon called Yama Baby, Mr Chaplya has thought of everything to bring an innovative idea to the area, targeting parents, children and families.
Mr Chaplya said he had received some very positive feedback.
“Everyone likes it... a lot of people have been stopping to check us out,” he said.
“My expectations for the second store are even better.”