Warmer temperatures are on the way which means Yotopia Sweet Shoppe is opening just in time.
Located next to Yoke's Fresh Market on Bombing Range Road in West Richland, the new frozen yogurt shop is owned by Tami and Dan Tanninen of West Richland.
"We've lived in West Richland since 2005 and there just wasn't anything like this in town," she said. "We've been wanting to open a business for a while and looked into a couple of different ideas, a restaurant, a tanning salon, then we thought why not yogurt?"
The Tanninens are originally from the Portland-Vancouver area where their supplier, Yocream is located.
"So we're familiar with their quality. It's the best," she said.
Opening a business while still working their full-time jobs -- she has a private practice for family counseling and he does masonry work for MKT in West Richland -- has been challenging financially, emotionally and physically.
"Once we get past that, it's fun. We're proud of our business and grateful to the community. They've been very supportive," she said.
Yotopia has a wide variety of toppings to choose from including fruits and candies, cookie bits and granola. Yogurt flavors change daily.
In addition to frozen yogurt, the menu includes hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, a selection of soft drinks and hot and iced coffees.
"We offer special order yogurt cakes too. Just give us a day or two notice because they have to freeze solid after we put them together," she said.
There's seating for 20 inside the shop and a few tables outside.
Yotopia has seven part-time employees.
Hours are from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The address is 4900 Paradise Way, West Richland. Call 420-4436.