TCBY back in town

It just stands for re­ally tasty yo­gurt

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Once known as This Can’t Be Yo­gurt, TCBY is back in Hot Springs af­ter a hia­tus of sev­eral years.

Lo­cated at 227 Corner­stone Blvd., the yo­gurt shop now known as The Coun­try’s Best Yo­gurt is open Mon­day through Thurs­day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri­day and Satur­day, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sun­day.

Cody Webb, man­ager, and son of Dr. Tim and LaVinia Webb, said the store is a re­sult of a con­test on a so­cial me­dia web­site in which a Rogers man won a TCBY store.

“We looked into it, one thing led to an­other and we called the fran­chise and here we are,” he said, not­ing this is the fam­ily’s first foray into the re­tail world.

“We’ve been open about six weeks and have been do­ing ex­tremely well,” Cody Webb said.

“With Cody, we’re sixth gen­er­a­tion Hot Springs res­i­dents. When I com­pleted my med­i­cal train­ing, we wanted to come back home and we love this area and want to sup­port it, so we just wanted to bring some­thing back,” said Dr. Webb, an on­col­o­gist with Ge­n­e­sis Can­cer Cen­ter.

“Cody brought us the con­cept and we’re real happy to be here,” he said.

“We just found out that we were ranked No. 7 in the na­tion in sales, so this community has been ex­tremely sup­port­ive of us,” he said.

“We’ve been in­un­dated with folks thank­ing us for bring­ing the prod­uct back to town.

“We ac­tu­ally have the health­i­est yo­gurt on the mar­ket right now, as far as the least num­ber of calo­ries per serv­ing, the high­est pro­tein count with the sor­bets, and so forth,” Dr. Webb said.

In ad­di­tion, TCBY has rein­tro­duced the Greek yo­gurt con­cept, which has 8 grams of pro­tein, “and they are ac­tu­ally mar­ket­ing that as a meal re­place­ment, so it’s very healthy,” he said, not­ing that yo­gurt con­tains ac­tive bac­te­rial cul­ture, which is good for the GI tract.

And while some peo­ple may con­sider yo­gurt as “soured milk,” Dr. Webb said the best way to get around that idea “is to come try it.”

“They will not be­lieve it’s ac­tu­ally yo­gurt. They’ll think it’s ice cream. But you have to try it. It’s like try­ing to ex­plain to some­one what an orange smells like. You just can’t do it un­til you ac­tu­ally know, and that’s the best way for them to change that neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tion some peo­ple have about it,” he said.

“That’s why it was orig­i­nally called This Can’t Be Yo­gurt,” LaVinia Webb added.

From a physi­cian’s point of view, Dr. Webb said the nor­mal bac­te­ria in the GI tract of peo­ple tak­ing an­tibi­otics or un­der­go­ing chemo or ra­di­a­tion ther­apy may be af­fected and yo­gurt is rec­om­mended to re­place that bac­te­ria.

“It’s very healthy and pro­vides healthy bac­te­ria back to the gut so the im­mune sys­tem can func­tion. TCBY yo­gurt has seven ac­tive cul­tures as op­posed to two for the oth­ers, so it gives a much broader range for the gut to han­dle,” he said.

“Ev­ery­body be­lieves that healthy things don’t taste good. They say, ‘I don’t want to try that,’ then they try it and they’re hooked and come back again and again,” Cody Webb said.

The TCBY stores across the coun­try have also un­der­gone a change in style to re­flect “our for­ward-think­ing out­look on the fu­ture with a mod­ern brand and logo, col­or­ful pal­ette and chic in­te­rior decor,” the com­pany’s web­site states.

“They wanted some­thing very col­or­ful, some­thing you won’t for­get com­ing into, and it catches your at­ten­tion,” Cody Webb said.

LaVinia and Cody Webb

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