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Zinga! Brings Fro-Yo to Reading

Zinga! will open on Haven Street this summer.

Reading resident Jerry Pothier, Medford resident Camille Bardaro and Boxford resident Caitlan Douglas Merullo will open Zinga!, a self-serve yogurt shop, on 30 Haven St. in August.

The self-serve concept allows you to choose exactly how much fro-yo you want, and you pay by the ounce. Try every flavor, or just one and then cover your yogurt with as many toppings as you'd like. 

"We are truly excited to be bringing a quality franchise like Zinga! to Reading," Pothier said. "We hope and trust that the community will embrace this new business and help us succeed. We look forward to many years of serving our community with his healthy and delicious product."

According to Pothier, the Reading Zinga! will offer 12 flavors of fat-free and low calorie frozen yogurt including Red Velvet Cake, Banana and Pacific Coast Tart. They will also have non-dairy flavors including lemonade and watermelon. The yogurt shop will also stock over 50 toppings, including fresh fruit.

Zinga! has over 225 locations across the country, and the Reading shop is the newest addition.

The owners plan to be involved with the community and will partner with EMARC by supporting some of their programs.

mpk July 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
So excited!! Dairy free yogurt for those of us who are lactose intolerant. Even better that a new business is supporting EMARC!!!
Ted Cartwright July 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Sounds yummy!
Barry July 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Is Orange Leaf still opening its store on Main at the corner of Haven as planned in August? Who knew that Reading residents could eat so much frozen yogurt to support two locations within a couple of block of each other?
Ashley Troutman July 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Yes, Orange Leaf is still planning to open.
MD July 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Who decided to come to Reading first, Orange Leaf or Zinga?? I am curious to see which one closes first.
Caitlin Merullo July 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you and supporting the local community!!
Caitlin Merullo July 21, 2012 at 05:02 PM
It certainly is! And did you know that all of Zinga’s frozen yogurt flavors meet the National Yogurt Association’s criteria for Live and Active Culture yogurt?! We do not use powdered yogurt like some of our competitors! ;)
Prof Warren July 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Good for you! Just remember... "if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,"
Sharyn Taitz July 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I can't wait to try it! Love frozen yogurt and I'm also lactose intolerant. Thanks to the owners for bringing it to Reading! I'll definitely be a supporter.
Maryann M. Miller July 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Wishing all of the new owner Congratulations & the Best of Luck from way down South; Fort Myers Florida!!! I will be up in Reading at some point to taste this fantastic frozen yogurt! My mouth is watering for all those delicious flavors & toppings!! Good Luck again ya'll~~~~Maryann & family
Cheryl Buono July 24, 2012 at 01:38 AM
"The self-serve concept allows you to choose exactly how much fro-yo you want, and you pay by the ounce." ;) ;) Parents, teach your children about density before you let them fill up that big bowl with topping$$$$.
Caitlin Merullo July 26, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Zinga offers a variety of sorbets like mango, valencia orange, pink lemonade and more, which are all dairy free!!
Barry August 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Reading Co-op: Now you're using the Patch to conduct business? Not what it's for. Find an email address or a telephone number and use that.
01867 August 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
When are they planning to open?
M August 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Doesn't look like that Haven Street store would be ready anytime soon- from what I could see today the first floor doesn't even have interior walls or wallboard up yet, let alone flooring, counters, etc. And the main st store still appears to have papered-up windows. They're all missing out on some golden last hot weeks of summer.
Kim Sanborn September 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Good luck Jerry Pothier and co-owners! Wishing you much success.

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