Charlottesville Bloop owners Eric Dalton and Brian Lambert plan on bringing some tasty fun to Pantops mountain.
Bloop's brand of yogurt serving machines, complete with video displays where the name's of the flavors are listed.
Like a cool dollop of twisty soft-serve ice-cream falling slowly in circles from the machine as it shapes a mound on a crispy sweet cone, Charlottesville's newest self-serve frozen yogurt joint has settled down on Pantops mountain. Taking a cue from the success of self-serve yogurtery Sweet Frog, a budding franchise called Bloop Frozen Yogurt had a Grand Opening on Saturday, May 19.
"We're self-serve like Sweet Frog, but are much more focused on the health conscious side," says owner Eric Dalton. "We don't use syrups. If you get a strawberry frozen yogurt, its made with strawberries. And our yogurt features live, pro-biotic cultures."
Dalton, a Charlottesville resident, helped open the first of three Bloops in Lynchburg. Less than a year ago, he and his wife, Brittney, along with business partner Brian Lambert, started making plans to open their own Bloop in Charlottesville. They will also be opening another store in Greensboro, North Carolina. But they plan on making Charlottesville their home base.
The Daltons also hope to bring a charitable focus to their new brand. Having adopted four children themselves, they will be giving away free yogurt to area foster kids, and their "Cup 4 a Cup" initiative sends 5 cents to the Charity: water every time someone buys a cup of yogurt, which will help the non-profit provide clean drinking water in developing nations.
As a marketing pro, Dalton helped establish the franchise Panera Bread in Charlottesville, but this is the first time he's set out on his own.
Saturday's event, in that new and architecturally interesting development across from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Luxor Commercial Center, was a fun family one. There was a bounce house and balloon guy there, prizes and games, and 20 lucky people had a chance to win free frozen yogurt for a year.