Say hello to your new addiction, Happy Berry Frozen Yogurt. The doors to this cute and colorful, self-serve froyo joint opened this week on Walnut Street in Shadyside.
A brief history of yogurt shops in Pittsburgh
Oddly enough, no yogurt shop has attempted to enter the Shadyside market since the demise of Karmic Yogurt on Filbert Street. For those of you who don’t recall, Karmic Yogurt was one of the first (if not the first) yogurt shops to bring the so-called Cali style of fro-yo to the Burgh. The place had issues though, and not just the cramped size. It was a bit pricey, they offered just two flavors, and only served their customers during the warm months of the year. Not long after Karmic opened, Sweet Berry popped up in Oakland with a similar business plan that included more seating and better tasting product, but still overpriced in a bad location (Meyran Ave off of Forbes Ave). They were too far away from Pitt and CMU. Students rarely venture that far down Forbes, and the parking is limited.
Then it happened. Razzy Fresh opened their flagship store on Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill and they introduced a brilliant new way of running a yogurt business in Pittsburgh: self-serve. It became a daily habit for many Pittsburghers. Pulling the lever is fun, you don’t have to wait in line, you control the portion and don’t have to deal with some lazy kid messing up your order. It wasn’t long before Razzy Fresh stores were filled with customers and Karmic Yogurt and Sweet Berry were only filled with bored employees waiting for someone to walk through the door. This new player in town sent a message loud and clear that the others needed to either consider changing their business model, or hit the road. And that’s exactly what happened. Karmic closed. Sweet Berry was sold to a new group which immediately switched over to the self-serve format.
But let’s get back on topic. After all, this is about welcoming the fresh new Happy Berry location on Walnut Street. This place is great, and they’re doing everything right so far. The place is clean, the layout is cozy, the people are nice, and the yogurt is delicious! They’re starting out with 8 flavors, but have room to add two more machines. Soft serve/frozen yogurt machines are extremely pricey (almost $20k!), so it’s smart of them to plan ahead with room to grow.
It might not be perfect timing with the warm weather behind us, but hey, everyone has to start somewhere. At least they will remain open during the winter season unlike Karmic Yogurt. It’s interesting why another froyo place didn’t try to open in Shadyside sooner. It really is the perfect neighborhood for a treat like this. The best snack to enjoy after yoga class or shopping! Maybe the overpriced rent is what kept everyone else away?
Best of luck to Happy Berry. Keep us… happy.
Where is it?
Happy Berry (map)
5529 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
What are their hours?
Sunday – Thursday until 11pm
Friday and Saturday until midnight
How much is it?
That depends on how much of a glutton you are. You fill your own cup and they charge by the weight. 41 cents per ounce.