For Spoon Maine, 'froyo' is the way to go
Camden — Frozen yogurt in February? The answer to that question, according to two local businesswomen, is a resounding "yes."
Erin Donovan and Maria Anderson are collaborating and putting their best business foot forward to open Spoon Maine, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop on Bay View Street in Camden. Things have been progressing quickly, considering the idea for the business was hatched in the spring; Donovan and Anderson hope to have the doors open by the middle of September.
“When deciding on a business, we felt that frozen yogurt was something that would be accepted by the public because there isn’t any other place like this around,” Donovan said. “We envision a family-friendly spot that gives a place for the local people to go for a casual desert experience.”
The hot days of summer are when business will be at its highest and the foot traffic will bring business without much coaxing but in the winter, more creative marketing must take place, the duo agreed.
“I have children that go to the local high school and Erin has kids in the lower grades, so we both felt this would be a great, safe place for them to hangout with their friends,” Anderson said. “Camden is such a great place to raise a family and one of the reasons is because of business helping in providing things for the kids to do.”
Both Anderson and Donovan said it was the New England small town village lifestyle that first attracted them to the area and both said they could not think of a better place to live.
Although they came from different parts of the United States — Donovan from New York City and Anderson from Washington, D.C. — the two women connected and understood quickly what it would take to have a small business survive.
“Camden feels like one of the small neighborhoods that you might find in a larger city,” Donovan said. “[Camden] has one of everything and even more of others, but it doesn’t have a frozen yogurt shop, so that is what we decided to do.”
She added, “There are places to get ice cream but nothing that really allows someone to sit down inside and enjoy it.”
“The town has been very easy to work with and I feel that the town is very business friendly,” Donovan said. “There are always challenges when opening a new business, but everyone here in town has been very supportive and that has made the process a pleasurable one.”
Spoon Maine will not be just a place to grab a frozen yogurt, according to the two, they will make use of the space, allowing for birthday and other types of celebration gatherings and will make use of the buildings fieldstone fireplace to help take the chill off during the cold Maine winters.
“Yes, people will be able to enjoy their frozen yogurt, warming themselves next to the fire, in the middle of February,” Anderson said.
Construction continues on the inside of the building, located at 44 Bay View St., and a soft opening is in the works for the middle of September. A grand opening date has not been set, but both Anderson and Donovan hope to be open and running at full operation by the end of September.
For more information about Spoon Maine like them on Facebook at facebook.com/spoonmainellc.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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