From the moment he tried it he was hooked.

Alex Ryabukha had his first bite of frozen yogurt about a year ago and knew he needed more.

"I fell in love with the concept, the atmosphere and the taste. I had to get in the business," the Manchester resident said.

Early next month, Ryabukha and his wife, Irina Ryabukha, will open YoFresh Yogurt Cafe at 112 Newberry Parkway in Etters.

It's the latest of several frozen yogurt shops to open in York County during the last two years. Others include Calypso in Springettsbury Township, My Sweet Cup in York Township, Pink Spoon in Hanover, Stop-N-Yo in Manchester Township, and Sweet Frog locations in Hanover, Shrewsbury and York Township.

Though Alex Ryabukha visited a Sweet Frog the first time he had frozen yogurt, he chose to open a YoFresh because the Boston-based chain doesn't charge royalty fees. The company only charges franchise fees, he said.

"I also loved the taste of the yogurt and toppings, and I love the design of the stores," Alex Ryabukha said.

The brightly colored YoFresh locations offer dozens of flavors of fat-free frozen yogurt, including some non-dairy/vegan varieties. Several toppings, such as fruit, candy and nuts, will also be offered.

Also the owner of a wholesale auto parts business, Alex Ryabukha said he was looking for a yogurt chain that stood out from the rest.


"We will have freshly baked waffle cones, in addition to bowls, and we'll get most of our fruits from local farmers," he said.

An opening date has not been set.

"We're planning for the beginning of February," Alex Ryabukha said.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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