"Froyo" is gaining popularity in Ann Arbor thanks in part to the addition of two Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt stores that opened this year. The menu includes frozen yogurt flavors from peanut butter to peach, and chocolate mint to mango. The first local shop opened in the Traver Village Shopping Center on Plymouth Road in March, and the second shop opened at the corner of South Main Street and Ann Arbor-Saline Road in April. Danielle MacFarlan, manager for the South Main store, says, "We have some really loyal customers who know us and love our product. We like to change flavors often to create a buzz." New frozen yogurt flavors in December include gingerbread, peppermint, and pumpkin spice latte. All of Orange Leaf's yogurt is gluten-free except for the cookies and cream flavor, and the store offers two dairy-free options at all times. "It's a fun atmosphere so parents like to bring kids here," said MacFarlan. "Kids get to make their own froyo, and parents like to use yogurt as a reward." Orange Leaf offers 18 flavors of frozen yogurt prepared fresh daily. The store has 300 locations in the U.S. and six in Michigan. The company's community giving programs support charitable organizations for children with an emphasis on education. “We offer opportunities to use us for fundraising," said MacFarlan, who adds that the store ran a canned food drive for Thanksgiving.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 2216 South Main St., Ann Arbor, 734-369-4362 and 2613 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, 734-531-6686. www.orangeleafyogurt.com