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YoYo's Frozen Yogurt to expand into former Kooky Mooky's to sell ice cream

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 10, 2014 

A rendering of the proposed YoYo's Frozen Yogurt facade.


A little more than a year after opening YoYo's Frozen Yogurt at 722 Bay St. in Beaufort, the store's owners plan to expand into a second building and offer additional frozen treats.

YoYo's Ice Cream could open as early as March at nearby 101 Scott St., according to Paul Trask, who owns both shops with siblings Chandler Trask, Angus Trask and Marjorie Trask Gray.

The new spot was formerly occupied by Kooky Mooky's, which closed at the end of December after the landlord did not renew the lease, according to business owners. It operated there for about four years.

Trask said the new shop will be an extension of the original frozen yogurt enterprise, but will focus on ice cream, sherbets, sundaes and milkshakes. Unlike Kooky Mooky's, it will not serve food.

"Things are going well with YoYo's, and we're going to remodel the building out back and put in a new entrance and just totally refurbish it," Paul Trask said. "It will look like YoYo's."

The original self-serve frozen yogurt shop will remain on Bay Street, as the locations will have different treat options.

About 80 flavors will be rotated through the 24 flavors available at a given time at the new ice cream shop, he said. A Mexican hot chocolate with a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper, and guava cheesecake are among the unusual flavors planned.

Renovations will begin soon. According to Beaufort County property records and city of Beaufort project development planner Lauren Kelly, the 400-square-foot building on the edge of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park was constructed in the 1960s and is not considered a historic structure.

Information: www.facebook.com/BeaufortFrozenYogurt, 843-548-0300

In other changes about town:

  • Vacant since 2009, the last building on Paris Avenue before the Port of Port Royal property begins, 610 Paris Ave., is being readied for business.

    Two shops will share the building, which was formerly Bateaux restaurant. Baron Jeffery is opening The Barony, which he wants to be an eclectic consignment shop of "the good, the bad and the precious." Evelyn Boyd is opening The Seahorse Gallery for art. A grand opening is tentatively schedule Jan. 28.

  • Thibault Gallery opened Tuesday at 815 Bay St., Beaufort, the former home of Bay Street Outfitters, which moved in October to 825 Bay St. Artist Mary Thibault and her husband, Eric, own the working studio and art gallery featuring more than a dozen artists.

    Information: thibaultgallery.com, 843-597-1353

  • Groucho's Deli, a sandwich chain restaurant with locations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, will open in the former home of Lighthouse Pizza at 81 Sea Island Parkway, Lady's Island, according to a sign outside the building. Lighthouse Pizza opened in the spring.

    Information: grouchos.com

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