News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 7, 2013

Downtown Wabash block becoming food hub

Yogurt franchise set to open soon

Arthur Foulkes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Welcome to downtown Terre Haute – home to restaurants, hotels, museums, professional offices and – soon – frozen yogurt.

Yogurt in Love, will soon be providing creamy, delicious frozen yogurt in the 600 block of Wabash Avenue in the heart of downtown. With the new shop, that block alone has become home to three restaurants, a night club, a variety of specialty shops and now, a dedicated hot spot — make that cool spot — for dessert.

The new yogurt shop is set to open for business early in September, said Cristina Haggerty, who is starting the business with her family.

The goal is to be up and running in time for the Crossroads Blues Fest Sept. 13 and 14, she said.

On a recent trip to the west coast, Haggerty and one of her sons, Larry, a junior at West Vigo, discovered several frozen yogurt joints. Soon after the trip, Larry told his mom, “Terre Haute needs one of these,” she said.

And, soon, Terre Haute will have one: Yogurt in Love will be in the site of the former BookNation and Lynn’s Boutique on Wabash. The business is based on a self-serve model in which customers can chose from a large variety of flavors and toppings. The pricing is by the ounce and has not yet been determined, Haggerty said.

“This will be truly an addition” to downtown, said Todd Nation, owner of the building and former owner of BookNation. Ever since Baskin-Robbins closed more than a decade ago, downtown has needed something like this, he said.

Yogurt in Love, a national franchise based in South Carolina, brings the number of food locations in the 600 block of Wabash to five, Nation said. “This corner’s becoming a destination,” he said.

Downtown seems like a great location for Yogurt in Love, Haggerty said. She considered other spots for the business, “but this one really caught my heart,” she said.

At first, anyway, Haggerty’s family — sons Darion and Larry and daughter Cristen — will be working in the shop. Cristen, a student at Ivy Tech, will manage the business, while Haggerty retains her full-time job in the financial services industry.

“I’ll pretty much live here,” Cristen Haggerty said.

Many people have said they are looking forward to the opening of the new business, Cristina said. The business’s Facebook page, Yogurt in Love Terre Haute, already has more than 450 “likes,” she said.



Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com