The Orange Leaf invasion of Stone Creek, courtesy Brandicorp: The Official Release

The Orange Leaf invasion of Stone Creek Towne Center, courtesy Brandicorp and The Cincinnati Business Courier.

One of the fastest-growing and most unique twists on the world of fresh, tasty and healthy yogurt – this one of the self-serve, fill-your-own-bucket, and pay-by-the-ounce variety – is kicking off its invasion of the Greater Cincinnati market early next year at Stone Creek Towne Center.

Based in Oklahoma City, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt (www.OrangeLeafYogurt.com) is barreling towards the Queen City with up to seven local stores, starting with a company-owned outlet at Stone Creek – owned and developed by Brandicorp LLC of Bellevue, Ky. – and a second outlet in Kenwood.

The Orange Leaf at Stone Creek will open next to the new Qdoba restaurant along Colerain Avenue, seconds south of the Colerain Avenue interchange with Interstate 275, at the restaurant-rich mecca in Northern Cincinnati that Stone Creek has become.

Plans are for Orange Leaf to open in the first quarter of 2011; each Orange Leaf serves an average of 500 customers daily at its restaurant network across the U.S., now approaching 70 stores.

“Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt brings a host of healthy and tasty dessert options to our menu of restaurants, joining others just the recently-added LaRosa’s, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and LaPinata Mexican Restaurant.

“Now, people have the perfect place to stop for dessert,” said Mike Brandy, owner and CEO of Brandicorp (www.Brandicorp.com).

ORANGE LEAF JOINS RESTAURANT-RICH LINEUP AT STONE CREEK

“Orange Leaf joins a highly successful Stone Creek lineup of restaurants and eateries that spans a gamut of dining options: besides the ones Mike mentioned, we are also offering Logan’s Roadhouse, Quaker Steak & Lube and The Olive Garden.

“And there’s room for more,” said Jim Cook, director of leasing for Brandicorp.

Jim Cook, Director of Leasing at Brandicorp LLC of Bellevue.

The mission of Orange Leaf is to promote communities and families by providing a great-tasting, sensible, frozen dessert made individually by each customer, in an environment as visually uplifting as it is welcoming.

Customers are charged 45 cents per ounce for flavors, such as Tart, Vanilla, Chocolate, Honeydew, Taro, Green Tea, Kiwi, Strawberry, Mango, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Green Apple, Lychee, Passion Fruit, Watermelon, Cherry, Dole Pineapple, Coffee Lover, Peanut Butter, Cheese Cake, Cookies & Cream, White Chocolate, Banana, Coconut, Cake Batter, Red Velvet, Eggnog, Ginger Bread, Pumpkin and Pistachio.

Top those off with Jelly Bellies, Cranberries, Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, M&Ms, Marshmallows, Butterfingers, Reese’s Cups, Butterfinger Bars, Brownies, Gummy Bears, Captain Crunch, Kiwi, Pear, Mochi, Pecan, Peach, Honey, Mango, Banana, Granola, Coconut, Nuts, Pineapple, Cocoa Pebbles, Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Honey Dew, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Fruits, Graham Crackers, Sprinkles or Watermelon.

Once you’re done, weigh and pay. It’s heaven in a cup.

Interior shot: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.

“When we looked at the yogurt industry, we saw its genesis was in Asia. Many West Coast brands have a lot of that influence, ” said Jeremy Smith, one of the Orange Leaf owners.

Our founders have created something the average American is going to enjoy. They will be able to have a healthier, more sensible option, something like the soft-serve ice cream they are accustomed to.

“But it’s yogurt, and they’re not forfeiting the taste, which is the case with a lot of the competition,” Smith said.

STONE CREEK HELPING ORANGE LEAF ESTABLISH CINCINNATI FOOTPRINT

One of the hottest yogurt/dessert brands, the first Orange Leaf restaurants in Greater Cincinnati – such as the new ones at Stone Creek and in Kenwood – will be company-owned outlets.

The chain is open to establishing franchisee arrangements, but not until it establishes its footprint of quality and flavor in each market it opens.

“We like the newness of the area; we like being next o Qdoba, which is an up-and-coming franchise; and we especially like the obviously high traffic area,” said Matt Wills, director of franchise and brand development for Orange Leaf.

Mike Brandy, owner and President of Brandicorp LLC.

“We also like being in newer buildings, which this is. It just seemed like a great fit for us,” Wills said.

Stone Creek Towne Center was developed at the interchange of Colerain Avenue, one of the main arteries in northwestern Cincinnati, and Interstate 275.

For more information about Brandicorp, please contact Mr. Brandy at (859) 292-8040 or mbrandy@brandicorp.com; for leasing information about Brandicorp properties, Mr. Cook can be reached at (859) 292-8040 or jcook@brandicorp.com.

For media inquiries regarding Brandicorp, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer, aka TheWritingFiend@Large and President of AndyHemmer.com PR/Writing Services at (513) 604-5428 or andy@andyhemmer.com.

Stone Creek Towne Center on the cover of Sunday Enquirer Business, 2.2.10.

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