Attention! The City of North Bend just got its first frozen yogurt shop! The Swirl opened its doors this week, thanks to owner Deb Masters. Deb has revamped the retail spot that was once home to The Reef Restaurant in the Mt Si Village Shopping Center, giving the space a new life and a whole new feel.
The Swirl is about double the size of the frozen yogurt shop on Snoqualmie Ridge that opened in March, and also strays from the traditional frozen yogurt shop design of tight quarters and bright walls. Deb decided she wanted a calm atmosphere and a color that reflected that, so no bright green walls for The Swirl. Instead the interior greets you with light gray/blue walls and a dark brown ceiling.
When I visited the shop in progress last month, the floors were going in and the frozen yogurt machines were not yet installed, but you could still see the vision. The place had pretty much been gutted, leaving little evidence of the fish and chips/burger restaurant that was once contained within its walls.
Deb’s vision is a place where people can sit, host birthday parties, too, with long tables and ample space. She even has plans to offer coffee/espresso at some point, along with a wall of books, in the corner retail spot that boasts two large walls of windows.
I asked if she was nervous. After all, many places in the retail complex (that also houses the North Bend Ace Hardware) have gone out of business over the past few years. She said she wasn’t. She points to the new Bartell Drugs being constructed within two blocks of her new shop, the surrounding neighborhoods and the beautiful view of Mt. Si – and wonders how could she go wrong.
Deb says there were a few glitches along the way (as is the case with most new businesses), but her email announcement yesterday made it official. The Swirl is officially open – just in time for summer in North Bend and the Snoqualmie Valley.
The Swirl is located at 426 Main Ave South in downtown North Bend, near Ace Hardware, the Mt. Si Senior Center and the Department of Licensing.
Good Luck, Deb! More pictures are soon to follow.