The Yogurt Lady

The Yogurt Lady

Over 30 years ago around 1975, back when my husband and I lived in Hyde Park (Austin) and spent most of our time on the Drag (the University of Texas) working with college students, one day we discovered the Yogurt Lady. I don’t know her name but she was about our age (27). She opened a tiny shop on Guadalupe near the 26th Street intersection with homemade yogurt mixed with fresh strawberries served in a soft serve ice cream machine. Delicious frozen yogurt! We had never seen anything like it before. I think she served healthy sandwiches, but I mostly remember the refreshing tart yogurt. We used to dream about opening stores all over the nation serving yogurt like that. As is with many small businesses, she sadly disappeared after a few years.

A few years later we experienced Alta Dena’s soft serve yogurt in Ft. Collins, Colorado, but it was difficult to find in Texas. Of course, then frozen yogurt became the rage everywhere, but not like the original one we had experienced.

Then a year ago at the World Tea Expo we tasted some of the new tart frozen yogurt from a vendor. I was so excited. The memories of our enjoyment of the Yogurt Lady days came flashing before me. I came back to Austin searching for some tart yogurt shops.

I guess you’d say that my husband and I are both addicted to it. Unlike ice cream, it leaves me refreshed and satisfied, not full. Sometimes we just look at each other and know we want to make a run for yogurt without saying a word. Many times that’s all we eat for lunch or dinner so we won’t feel so guilty. That way we can pile it up real high!

We’ve found two places we really like for frozen tart yogurt in Austin. The Yogurt Planet in the Triangle is very good and popular; they only have one or two flavors of tart with lots of delicious toppings.

But they are further from our home so we’re excited about the new location for The Yogurt Spot originally on Guadalupe at 5th and Lamar across from Whole Foods. They have 8 flavors of tart, all blended in house. Their green tea flavor has real green tea extract in it and is the best green tea yogurt I’ve tasted.

While visiting Californa we enjoyed a disha yogurt (new word instead of a cuppa tea) at the Pink Berry in downtown San Diego. Very good!

Some yogurt places are afraid to offer many tart flavors, that the public won’t accept it. I hope they’ll change their minds because I predict it’s going to sweep the nation and become very popular. Who knows, maybe this delectable creation will become so common, I’ll be bored with it, but right now frozen tart yogurt makes me very happy.

If anyone out there remembers the Yogurt Lady, let me know.

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7 Responses to “The Yogurt Lady”

  1. Randy Peck says:

    Hi Carol, Thank you for sharing this neat article about the Yogurt Lady and delicious yogurt. When Julia and I come to Austin sometime to visit you and Bob, I’d like to visit one of the two yogurt places you mentioned. I see the possibility of you having some type of affiliate marketing relationship with the yogurt stores. Blessings, Randy

  2. carol says:

    We’d love to take you for a disha when you come to visit. Hope that is soon. Thanks.

  3. Carrie Stone says:

    Suddenly, I want a frozen yogurt!! You made me remember the trips my mother and I would make to TCBY. We would justify the yogurt by taking a long walk. Never could figure out why we didn’t lose a pound!!
    Thanks for the memories!!

  4. carol says:

    So glad my blog inspired you. I think the new tart yogurt is healthier for us, so you won’t have to walk afterwards. Happy memories may be worth a few extra pounds!

  5. Shirley Mount says:

    I know who the Yogurt Lady was because I’m her; that was my business. I started it because of a business trip to New York where I had frozen yogurt. Back in Austin I kept thinking that I would never have frozen yogurt again; my only choice was to produce it myself. It still amazes me that I started a frozen yogurt business in November with walk-up service only in a 10′x10′ space. The location you probably remember was my second location. I did add other food to stay in business. I made all of that yogurt myself, using gallon bottles in cardboard boxes kept in the hot water heater closet (to maintain the heat). The other ingredients were fruit and honey; I had a machine that didn’t add air to the mix while freezing it. The person who sold me the machine has been my husband now for 32 years. I sold my little business to Tom and Brigid who have developed a thriving restaurant/wholesale business, Tom’s Taboley. It’s really nice to know that someone remembers my yogurt shop. It was a unique time in my life.

  6. carol says:

    I am so glad you found my blog. There are probably many others out there who have the same great memories of your delicious yogurt. I remember Tom’s delicious taboley at your shop. You were definitely a forerunner to a special food in our culture. Thanks again.

  7. Bob Sims says:

    Hi All,

    I remember all this well. I also remember, Shirley, that I had my first paper cup of frozen yogurt in New York City and we thought what a great business it could be someday. I hoped so much someone would bring it, as I had the same reaction-and have eaten it since.

    It took a generation to develop the business but it is part of American culture today. Thank you for being a forerunner.

    I remember the first time I ever ate Kefir was at the Yogurt Lady. You made it, Shirley, and I seem to remember you had a Bulgarian strain in one of your recipes. The frozen kefir was unique and was good with fruit especially dark fruits.

    Everyone uses “yogurt machines” now for yogurt production, nearly all. I wonder how hard it is to make. I have a source of raw milk and would like to make some, but I have little experience and do not want to culture anything but the microbes for making yogurt!?

    Thanks for the memory, Carol, and Shirley,


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