Frozen yogurt shop could occupy renovated building
A frozen yogurt shop could open in Estacada this summer, ensuring that the season will be a little sweeter.
If the sale goes through later this month, the Estacada Urban Renewal Agency will purchase and renovate the former Motor Sports building at 192 S.E. Fourth Ave. for two tenants: Clackamas River Outfitters and Yo Treats frozen yogurt.
The sale price for the building is expected to be $170,000, and the redevelopment costs are estimated at $150,000. Both tenants have signed a letter of intent to lease in the space.
Clackamas River Outfitters has operated at Promontory Park and Timber Park for the past several years, and Yo Treats would be a new business in town.
Estacada resident Donnell Evans, the force behind Yo Treats, hopes to open the shop in mid June.
"I'm excited to see how the community responds to it," she said. "At first it will be new and different, but I hope it can be a place where people love to come."
Evans was inspired to open a frozen yogurt shop after her cousins opened a similar shop in Tillamook, and watched as it became a community gathering place.
"I was surprised at how the community rallied around it. The elderly customers sit and talk, and the kids are always there," she said. "It's really been such a great thing for the community."
In Estacada, Yo Treats will carry Dannon Yocream Frozen Yogurt. There will be a variety of options, including dairy free, sugar free and sorbet. There will be a total of 10 yogurt flavors, with the option of mixing multiple flavors. A toppings bar will offer fruit, candy, cheesecake, brownie bites and other items.
Evans hopes Yo Treats becomes a pleasant spot for the Estacada community.
"I hope for it to be a fun place where youth and adults can come. I don't want people to think 'that's just a kid's place,'" she said. "I want everyone to feel welcome."
Evans also hopes to have a small party room for group events.
She added that community will be at the center of Yo Treats.
"I hope it turns out to be something that the community is happy about, is new and different, is here for a long time and helps out the community," she said.
The shop will employ between four and six people.
Evans is excited to see Yo Treats open, describing it as "a labor of love." She added that working with the Urban Renewal Agency to make the shop a reality has "been great."
"(Economic Development Manager) Matt (Lorenzen) has been really helpful," she said. "He's really welcomed us with open arms."
Lorenzen previously told the Estacada News that the Urban Renewal Agency became involved with the purchase and renovation of the Motor Sports building to create a proof of concept.
"I'd say that there's a significant potential that there may be a second one of these projects, but I would be thrilled if we did one and we just got tons of interest from people who wanted to do it instead of the Urban Renewal Agency," he said.