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Finnegan Frost opens Saturday in Richland

Don't bother asking for any candy toppings for your dish of frozen yogurt at Finnegan Frost.

The new Richland shop that opens Saturday doesn't have any.

They don't have anything with refined sugar.

Instead, in season, they will have fresh fruits and berries -- bought from Mid-Columbia growers.

They'll have Two Sisters Honey and Gypsy Girl Granola, both made in Kennewick.

Out of season, they'll offer dried fruits and maybe some fresh exotic fruits like mango and papaya.

Their yogurt also is free of refined sugar and artificial flavorings.

"We start with an organic base from a company in Oregon and California and are churning it with organic fruits. For chocolate we found a source for organic Dutched cocoa in the Dominican Republic," said Tyler Borders of Richland, one of three partners in the shop.

Finnegan Frost frozen yogurts are free of gluten and artificial growth hormones and certified Kosher.

The organic frozen yogurts at Finnegan Frost will cost somewhat more than their competitors' desserts.

"But we'll still be priced competitively. People who think healthy eating is important will be willing to pay a bit more," Borders said.

His partners are Matt Kincaid of Kennewick, who owned and operated a pizzeria in Spokane, and Michael Miller of Kennewick, who also has worked in the restaurant industry. Borders is the creative director.

Kincaid and Miller had their eye on the shop's location, 696 Gage Blvd., for some time.

"It's right next to Starbucks. That slot really needs a place offering something fresh to eat," Borders said.

They worked on their business plan for a couple of weeks last fall before bringing Borders, who works in brand development, in as a partner.

Borders, who struggled with health issues while attending Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, is an advocate for nutritious, healthy eating. Together the partners decided to go organic and farm-style wholesome.

"Farm-style to us means organic ingredients, nothing artificial, heart of the land, raw and natural and local farm supporting. You know, the way people used to eat 'back on the farm.' We believe good health starts with proper, wholesome food," Borders said.

So when it came to naming the shop they wanted something to evoke that image.

"The 'Frost' part we knew we wanted. Living here among all the agriculture we wanted a raw, gritty, wholesome farm name, something classically male. Finnegan just clicked with us," Borders said.

To carry out the farm-style theme they decorated the shop with Mason jar lights, handmade butcher-block counters, saloon doors and a custom-made booth in one corner made from the wood of a 100-year-old barn from Warden.

Finnegan Frost is a green business. They serve their frozen yogurt in ink-free, compostable, sugarcane pulp bowls with biodegradable balsawood spoons. They recycle, and encourage all of their patrons to do the same in their recycle bins.

The shop's grand opening is at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"All the proceeds from Saturday will go to the Durst family of Kennewick. Their son, Luke, is recovering from injuries he received after falling from a second-story window," Borders said.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Phone: 509-572-2477.

Find them online at www.finneganfrost.com and on facebook.com at www.facebook.com/finneganfrost.

-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com

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