Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I t makes sense that a couple from the Florida coast would invest in a yogurt shop in Andalusia, but Donny and Suanne Harris insist a beach flavor didn’t inspire the pink and green interior of Yo’ Craving on Court Square.

“We thought about going with a beach theme, but people love this little place,” Donny Harris said. “We’ve left it like it is, but brought a fresh and jovial atmosphere to it.”

The Harrises have owned the place since April and moved their four sons to Andalusia from Panama City Beach, Fla.

“We just fell in love with the town and the people here,” Suanne Harris said. “We decided to buy the business and grow it.”

Jacob Harris helps himself to a late afternoon snack Tuesday at Yo’ Cravin’ in Andalusia.

Jacob Harris helps himself to a late afternoon snack Tuesday at Yo’ Cravin’ in Andalusia.

The shop, which was opened originally by Rhonda Bullion, has what one would expect to find in a self-serve frozen yogurt place – machines dispensing the frozen concoction alongside a toppings bar to allow customers to pile on the goodies, but the Harrises, who are Louisiana natives with culinary backgrounds, have added a lunch menu to the mix.

Donny Harris said all the food they served at the location is fresh and homemade including hamburgers, sandwiches and gumbo. The shop also serves salads, sides and soon will offer roast beef or ham po’ boys with gravy.

“The main thing is it’s fresh and all homemade,” Donny Harris said. “That’s not something you always find in a small town.”

The shop serves yogurt from Honey Hill, which Donny said is the most popular frozen yogurt brand in the country because “it tastes like soft-serve ice cream.”

The frozen yogurt comes in all the traditional flavors of chocolate, strawberry sensation and Tahitian vanilla as well as more creative fare, like cheesecake, caramel and pretzel, orange sorbet and cookies and cream. The shop’s most popular flavor is also its newest, butter pecan.

Twists, or combinations of two flavors are also available.

Add to those flavors the possibility of any of 38 toppings on the toppings bar with the couple agreeing that orange sorbet topped with chocolate, cherries and nuts is the most unusual flavor combination they’ve seen.

Donny said some of the most unusual toppings are gummy bears and sour gummy worms, the popularity of which always surprises him.

“To me that’s weird, but we can’t keep them (in stock),” he said.

The shop offers gluten-free and diabetic safe options and is open seven days a week. Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from noon. to 9:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday