Local Culture bringing healthy eating to Coast
By GEORGIA SPARLING - Special to the Sun Herald
OCEAN SPRINGS -- With locations in D’Iberville and Oceans Springs, Local Culture is bringing delicious healthy eating in the form of froyo to the Coast.
Aaron Ready, who grew up on the Coast and owns the two stores, said, “We feel like the Mississippi Coast is a growing area and is the perfect place for our concept. With its recent and continuing growth, we think it is a good fit for our business.”
The first Local Culture opened in October 2010 in Starkville. Bart Smith, one of the entrepreneurs behind the brand, said the company follows the philosophy that “eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing delicious.”
“We are not a franchise and thus not locked into using one line of product. We simply use the best,” he said.
After months of seeing their advertisements, I was excited to dip my spoon into some frozen creaminess.
Like many frozen yogurt shops, Local Culture is self-serve and you pay by the weight. Stacks of dangerously large bowls and a row of delicious flavors do make it difficult to stay conservative with your portions, but since the flavors are low or nonfat, it’s hard to feel guilty.
Once you’ve got your yogurt, Local Culture offers a bevy of more than 40 fresh fruit, nut and candy toppings.
I tasted the popular white chocolate mousse, Tahitian French vanilla and macadamia nut, which all had velvety textures akin to their soft-serve ice cream cousins.
While those were good, I prefer my froyo simple and tangy. I chose the California tart flavor, and it did not disappoint. I admit I got a little carried away with the toppings, filling my bowl with fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and pineapple.
Even with my slight indulgence, I didn’t graze the $4 mark.
As I sat down to enjoy my probiotic-infused treat, I appreciated the shop’s spacious, calm feel.
“We wanted to design our stores a little different than the current trend. We put a lot of effort into all aspects,” Ready said.
Thankfully, that means the shops are almost completely void of blinding neon.
“People come to Local Culture not just for yogurt, they come to hang out with friends, read a book. It’s somewhere to relax,” Smith said.
Daily flavors are posted on the site’s Facebook page.
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