TCBY back in town
It just stands for really tasty yogurt
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