by Courtney Price



DENVER – If the fun colors at CherryBerry brighten up your day, wait until you taste the colorful treats.

Father and son team Bill and  Zack Tadlock opened the self-serve frozen yogurt shop March 30 near the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 after giving away almost 1,000 free cups of yogurt the day before.

“We were very pleased with the turnout and are so thankful for the support of the community,” Zack Tadlock said.

CherryBerry – a national yogurt chain – offers more than 50 flavors and dozens of toppings, including cereals, syrups, candy, nuts and fruit.

“Our most popular flavor so far is Cookie Monster, which is like cookies and cream,” Zack Tadlock said. “People also like our sorbet flavors, rocky road and strawberry sensations.”

The Tadlocks recently bought the rights to the CherryBerry franchise in North Carolina. The new Denver store  – their first – is the state’s flagship CherryBerry store.

“We have plans for opening up 30 or more stores in North Carolina in the next three years,” Bill Tadlock said.

The store is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

With a free party room and special packages, Zack Tadlock said the store is a great place for parties and family gatherings.

CherryBerry employs 10 part-time workers and one full-time manager.

The Tadlocks live in the Huntersville area but launched their venture in Denver because of its opportunities.

“We chose Denver because we love the community and because of the growth potential that Denver has,” Zack Tadlock said.

It’s more than just selling yogurt, he said.

“We want to be as involved as we can with the community,” Zack Tadlock said. “The main purpose was to have an impact on people’s lives.”

The two held a grand opening event March 29 and gave away nearly 1,000 cups of free yogurt.

In preparing to launch the store, the Tadlocks promoted CherryBerry on Facebook, and as of Wednesday, April 4, 268 people “liked” their page.

That’s how Zack Tadlock said he primarily got the word out about the new store’s grand opening last week.

Seven-year-old Owen McIntosh came in with his mom, Lydia, and piled on the toppings.

“There’s no such thing as too many toppings for him,” Lydia McIntosh said.

Want to know more?

For more information about the Cherry Berry franchise or about the health benefits of frozen yogurt, visit www.cherryberryyogurtbar.com.

To learn more about the Denver Cherry Berry, or to see photos of the business launch, visit www.facebook.com/CherryBerryNC.

The Denver store, located at 112 N.C. 16 S., in the same shopping center as Food Lion, is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. Call 704-827-7337 for more information.