TOP IT FROZEN YOGURT BAR celebrated the official grand opening of its new retail location at 168 Main St. in Auburn. From left, are Regional Image Committee Chairwoman Hillary Dow; Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald; owner Corrie Bernatchez; owner of Maine Gourmet Chocolates Stephanie Bernatchez; Community Concepts business loan officer Joe Balchunas; Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte; Auburn Economic Development specialist Alan Manoian; Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce President Chip Morrison.

TOP IT FROZEN YOGURT BAR celebrated the official grand opening of its new retail location at 168 Main St. in Auburn. From left, are Regional Image Committee Chairwoman Hillary Dow; Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald; owner Corrie Bernatchez; owner of Maine Gourmet Chocolates Stephanie Bernatchez; Community Concepts business loan officer Joe Balchunas; Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte; Auburn Economic Development specialist Alan Manoian; Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce President Chip Morrison.

AUBURN — Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar recently celebrated its official grand opening in Auburn.

Located at 168 Main St., the yogurt shop offers eight flavors of frozen yogurt, four twists, and more than 20 different toppings, allowing the customer to create an array of flavor combinations.

Purchased by weight at .47 cents an ounce, the yogurt bar is entirely self-serve. Customers select one of three different sized containers, determine a flavor from the four frozen yogurt dispensers mounted on the back wall, and then finish off their personalized creation with a variety of toppings.

Designed as a fun place for children and families, the enterprise is the product of owner Corrie Bernatchez, a 22-year-old entrepreneur, college student, and resident of Auburn.

“A cornerstone of any downtown is a business that provides a place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a treat with the family,” said Bernatchez. “After helping my family open Maine Gourmet Chocolates in late 2010, I thought to myself ‘If anyone’s going to open a business like this in Auburn, why not me?’ So I pitched the idea, worked through the struggles, and now own a business I’m proud of.”

Located just steps from Auburn City Hall, the river walk, and the Androscoggin River, Bernatchez will share the space with her mother, Stephanie Bernatchez, owner of Maine Gourmet Chocolates.

“To make this work we needed something more than just frozen yogurt to draw customers to our store,” said the younger Bernatchez. “We evaluated our competition within the area and saw that our family could take advantage of a real opportunity in the downtown by combining both of our stores into one convenient location.”

Open year-round with both indoor and outdoor seating, Bernatchez plans to host birthday parties, children’s parties, baby showers, anniversaries, group events and more in the coming weeks.

Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar is open every day from noon until 9 p.m. For more information, call 241-0434, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TopItFroyoBaror, or visit http://topit-froyobar.com.


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