Searching for a fun and friendly place downtown to cool off with a cold, tasty treat?
Look no further than newly opened JellyBeans Frozen Yogurt, Coffee & Treats located at 132 S. Wayne St. to score a yummy delight to help in surviving the summer’s stifling heat.
Owned by Lake Oconee businessman, Ron Mohammed, JellyBeans is an extension of his Dreaming of Ice Cream mobile food truck that serves Madison, Eatonton, Greensboro and Milledgeville. He said he was drawn to the city’s downtown atmosphere and history when choosing the location for his Froyo shop.
“I am fascinated by the city’s historical significance and beauty as well as the energetic vibe the downtown has because of the nearby college students,” said Mohammad. “I want to be an active part of the community and give back to schools and organizations that I can support.”
JellyBeans rotates the featured flavors each week, including such tempting tastes as salt caramel pretzel, Italian ice pineapple whip, strawberry sensation — just to name a sampling. The toppings bar is extensive with offerings of fruit, gummy worms and bears, cookies, sprinkles, and popular candy bars. Pricing for the yogurt is reasonable, ranging from $1 for a single cone, $3 for a waffle cone, $4 for a medium cup, and $5.50 for a large cup.
The sweet shop also offers pastries and coffee (both iced and hot) and tea to accompany the frozen yogurt. Pastries include donuts, muffins, cookies, sliced cake and cupcakes and range in price from $1.25 to $4.50. Coffee flavors include French vanilla, latte and cappuccino and range in price from $2 to $3, depending on size.
The shop’s atmosphere is bright and cheerful with summer-kissed inspired colors and décor featuring goodies to entice customers. Overstuffed chairs and couches allow for meeting up with friends for an afternoon of studying while enjoying a sweet or coffee. Outdoor seating is reminiscent of a ‘50s malt shop with high-top tables and stools. The shop and food truck are available for parties and corporate team-building events.
“I think it’s really cute and the fact that they are open later is really great for students,” said Georgia College student Sydney Shelley. “There hasn’t been a frozen yogurt place down here in a while, and they have really interesting flavors, and the owners have made this a happy and joyful place to visit.”
For repeat customers Corsica Moore and daughter Makayla Stephens, the friendly environment is what keeps them coming back.
“The staff is really friendly, especially when I ask questions about their products like the different toppings,” said Moore. “They relay my suggestions on flavors and improvements to the owners who are very receptive to advice, and as a customer, I really appreciate that.”
Mohammad said he and JellyBeans have received a warm Milledgeville welcome. He would like to thank the city for creating a smooth process for opening a new business in downtown and hopes to become a contributing member of the community.
“We are happy to see another storefront filled, especially on South Wayne Street, with a business that is vibrant and offering tasty treats. I’ve heard great reviews so far, so I think they are going to do well in that location,” said Milledgeville Main Street Executive Director Carless Schulte.