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Orange Leaf Ready For Tewksbury Grand Opening

Frozen yogurt franchise has been widely anticipated.

For Tewksbury frozen yogurt fans, this upcoming weekend will be, without a doubt, one to remember.

Saturday, Aug.18 at 11 a.m. will mark the long awaited and much anticipated grand opening of the new, Orange Leaf Frozen yogurt.

Located on Route 38 at Wamesit Place, near the entrance, Orange Leaf promises to bring a whole new kind of experience to Tewksbury.  Owned and operated by partners Ken Mackey, Gerry Goodwin and Don Coffin, Orange Leaf‘s mission statement is a simple one, “To promote community and family by providing a great tasting, sensible frozen dessert made just for you, by you, in an environment that is  as visually uplifting as it is welcoming.” 

Orange Leaf arrives in town with a decidedly local flavor. Two of the three owners are Tewksbury residents and the staff is filled almost entirely with local students. With inviting décor, a fun atmosphere, 16 flavors of self-serve yogurt and 35 different toppings to choose from, it seems to have the makings of a popular destination.

when Mackey, Goodwin and Coffin began hearing the buzz about the franchise and decided to investigate further. At that point it didn’t take long for the trio to find out that Orange Leaf was a perfect fit.

“Orange Leaf is a very young but very impressive franchise,” said Mackey.  “They started out in 2010 with 10 locations and today they are rapidly approaching 300.”

Of course, the decision wasn’t just about the numbers.  “Orange Leaf really does have the best product,” Mackey said.  “The atmosphere that the whole package creates really is incredible.”

A lifelong resident, Mackey is especially excited about bringing his new business to Tewksbury, “There’s nothing quite like opening up a business in your own hometown.”

This weekend will mark two openings for Orange Leaf.  On Friday, Aug. 17, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. the owners will host a private event for family, friends and some local elected officials.  On Saturday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. Orange Leaf will open their doors and begin selling their brand of self serve frozen yogurt to the public.

For more information on Orange Leaf Tewksbury visit them on Facebook. 

 

 

 

 

Cathy J. August 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I wish Orange Leaf success - we need more than liquor stores, pizza places and nail salons in town. That said, I do wish OL would produce a product or an option that is healthier. I read the ingredients list of a number of flavors and they're full of food dyes, artificial flavors, preservatives, etc. Flavors like Lemon, Key LIme, Mango and Orange to name a few contain FD&C #5. About that dye I found this online: "The food dye that's generated the most controversy is Yellow Dye #5, Tatrazine. Yellow 5 has been demonstrated to provoke an allergic reaction in some people and there are FDA regulations that require all prescription medications to post a notice if they are formulated with Yellow 5." I may stop by once in a great while, but I'll have to stick to my store bought frozen yogurt that's mostly all natural. I don't understand why it's so difficult to produce a product that is wholesome and natural? Especially ice cream or frozen yogurt. The concern for spoilage I imagine would be low, considering the state it's in, so why all the preservatives? And if my lemon flavor is white, who cares? I don't need the dyes to make it yellow. These things are not good for a child's growing body.
Janellen27 August 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
JohnTwocents: Don't worry about Andover's business being cut. Andover residents will still have their own Orange Leaf, and as far as Tewksbury residents go, all but a handfull of us don't seem to know how to get to Andover. Lowell, yes. Billerica, yes. Wilmington, yes. Andover, no.
Janellen27 August 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Cathy: Thanks for doing that research. Unfortunately, that takes the shine right off the apple, so to speak, doesn't it! I do not understand why companies will want to market a new product that is supposedly "healthy" or "natural" and then go and sneak all the crap in it that is bad for our health. It's just so contradictory and self-defeating, all the deception! They use focus groups and other marketing tools, but in the end, wind up far from where the initial "wish" was. I agree, white lemon yogurt (or whatever) is fine with me, too! Maybe Mackey can take concerns such as yours to the owners and maybe, collectively, can bring about these little changes that mean so much.
Jodi August 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I went to Orange Leaf with my family last night and we all loved it! Thanks for bringing it to town and best of luck!!
Brooke August 26, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Agreed, I LOVE fro-yo and was excited when Pushcart started offering it again, but one time was enough. It wasn't good, at all. Orange Leaf is FANTASTIC and I'm glad I won't have to go to Andover any more to get it! I hope it lasts here, but seeing as its Tewksbury I won't hold my breath :/

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