A little about us! We are John Nichols and Tham Doan. We got married in 2012, and after being married for a while we though about opening a business. Knowing there is a growing need for an alternative to ice cream due to allergies and many wanting to make a healthier choice, we decided on frozen yogurt. The next question was "where are we going to open it?" We chose DeWitt! John grew up in here and still has family in the area.
News article from Capitalgains:
Dewitt newly-weds open JJ Frozen Yogurt,
Tham Doan and John Nichols devised plans for launching their own business shortly after getting married two years ago.
"We thought about it, started planning, and got the location in January," says Doan. "It seemed like a good idea and we decided to do it."
In late June, Doan and Nichols opened JJ Frozen Yogurt in DeWitt. The shop brings a fresh and delicious twist to the strip mall at 13070 Old U.S. 27, and offers a rotation of 100 flavors and varieties of the satisfying and healthy snack.
As a nurse at Sparrow Hospital, Doan is attuned to making healthy dietary choices that take food allergies into account. Nichols, too, understands the challenges of food sensitivities, having grown up with family members with severe allergies to dairy.
JJ Frozen Yogurt, Doan says, will carry traditional frozen yogurts as well non-dairy, sugar-free, fat-free and low-fat varieties. Customers can review posted nutrition and ingredient information for each yogurt and dozens of toppings in the self-serve shop. Doan says, too, she is exploring ways to dispense peanuts and chocolates separately for the benefit of allergy-sensitive customers.
"We can tell you how the yogurt is made and what the ingredients are," says Doan. "We focus on customer service and have a very nice setting with free Wi-Fi."
Doan and Nichols completely rehabbed the small space that seats up to 35 customers. Contractors redid plumbing, electrical, air conditioning and heating, and installed equipment for storing and dispensing foods. The husband-wife team also rolled up their sleeves and contributed to the top-to-bottom overhaul that included fresh paint, new floors and a new ceiling. The couple also received help with business planning from the Michigan Small Business Development Center, housed at Lansing Community College.
Doan says she plans to offer coffee in the next few months and to expand the hours to accommodate early-risers. More immediately, she will add smoothies and tea to the summer line-up.
Doan works occasionally in between her nursing shifts, while Nichols runs the shop. JJ Frozen Yogurt employs three staff with plans to add a couple more once coffee services are up and running in the fall.
Source: Tham Doan, Owner, JJ Frozen Yogurt Writer: Ann Kammerer, Development News Editor