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Chilly Delight yogurt shop opens in Potsdam

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POTSDAM - The start of winter brings the promise of frozen treats with the opening of Chilly Delight, a frozen yogurt shop at 57 Market St.

Owners Timothy A. and Lori K. Dillon used to own Dillon’s Used Furniture and Antiques at 6540 Route 56, Potsdam, but they closed it down about a month ago to focus on their new venture.

“We’re getting older, and furniture gets heavy,” Mr. Dillon joked.

Frozen yogurt is an increasingly popular alternative to ice cream, Mrs. Dillon said.

“Yogurt is a very popular trend. It’s better for you,” she said.

The shop sells 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, all of them low-fat. Some are unusual flavors like birthday cake, candy bar smash or caramel pretzel, but Mr. Dillon says the best-seller so far is good old-fashioned vanilla.

This yogurt can be adorned with 30 toppings offered, from strawberries to Reese’s Pieces. Gummy Bears and M&M’s have proven popular so far, Mr. Dillon said.

The Dillons saw St. lawrence County’s lack of frozen yogurt shops as a business opportunity.

“We knew that if we didn’t do it somebody would,” Mrs. Dillon said.

Opening the shop just before winter allows the Dillons to figure out what is most popular and work out any kinks before the expected warm-weather rush.

“It’s a good time to start,” Mr. Dillon said.

Chilly Delights has two part-time employees in addition to the Dillons, and more will likely be hired for the summer.

The shop opened Friday, and business has been brisk, according to the Dillons. They hope to provide a place for high school students to gather after school.

“It gives them a place to go. There’s not much of a hangout place in Potsdam,” Mr. Dillon said.

If the store is successful, the Dillons say they will consider opening a second location in a year or two.

Mrs. Dillon will be working at the store evenings and weekends, while not at her full-time job as a secretary at SUNY Potsdam. For Mr. Dillon the store is a full-time job, and so far 14-hour days have not been unusual, he said.

Chilly Delights is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

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