Amid all the bad news about economy, I love hearing the good news about entrepreneurs and start-ups making their own mark and taking charge. Just recently released report by Kauffman Foundation ranks California among the nation's leaders in start-up businesses. According to the recent article, “More people hung their shingles and started businesses in 2010 than at any time in more than a decade.” Most of them started business with very little or no help/employees as this Inc. article points out.
We caught up with Yon, the owner of the recently opened Tutti Frutti of Palm Springs to chat about yogurt, business and favorite places in Palm Springs.
Q: How did you decide on starting this venture?
A: I decided to open my own frozen yogurt store after working many years in the Real Estate and Mortgage industry. When the mortgage melt-down and the economy went bad, things got very stressful. I had well-qualified clients I couldn’t get the loan for, while others had to give up their homes. I wanted to get out of that and go into something that was fun, made people happy and could still pour my energy into. I was always happy when I visited self-serve yogurt shops in Long Beach area with my kids. I really enjoy being my own boss and make customers happy as they have their first bite of my fresh creamy yogurt.
Q: What is your business motto or philosophy?
A: Always put the customer first
Q: Your favorite places to hang out in Palm Springs?
A: Personal favorites include looking down from the Aerial Tramway or The Grind and casting for lunch over at Fisherman's.
Q: It turns out indulging in yogurt is healthy--can you tell me a bit more about health-benefits of yogurt?
A: Tutti Frutti is a healthier desert choice than many other treats because it is non- fat, you can control the portion size and you can top it off with some of our fresh fruits or nuts.
Q: And the most important question- what is your favorite flavor?
A: My favorite flavor is one of the tart based ones mixed and blended with fresh fruits like Mango, or a vanilla based one like Taro and or Pistachio
To learn more about Tutti Frutti check out their website http://tuttifruittips.com/
Photo of Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Tutti Frutti Palm Springs
Yon Pictured on the Left Side of the big Scissors