A local family has opened a fun, new place to hang out in Loomis with help from a lot of their friends.
Don and Debbie Bates, along with their daughters Allison, 18, and Kelli, 14, opened The Yogurt Shop in the Raley’s shopping center on Horseshoe Bar Road in November.
Don Bates graduated from Del Oro in 1981, daughter Allison graduated in 2011 and continues to work as a volunteer percussion instructor with Del Oro’s marching band, and daughter Kelli, a freshman, plays on Del Oro’s girls softball team.
It was during spring break last year when the Granite Bay family noticed that the sandwich shop at the center had closed.
“We saw the empty space and decided it would be fun to have a yogurt shop,” said Debbie Bates.
Don Bates said he expected the business to be slow during winter.
“But things got busy a lot faster than we expected,” he said. “Not only warmer weather, but because we were so well-received in the community. We did some initial advertising and a grand opening, the Chamber of Commerce helped us a lot, we’re on Facebook.”
Photography by Simply Portraits