Orange Leaf is serving cool treats at more than 100 locations

Orange Leaf is a chain of yogurt shops that is set to open its 111th store soon.
by Dave Cathey Modified: September 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm •  Published: September 7, 2011

The cold front that blew in Sunday turned Oklahoma City into Munchkinland after a shabby farmhouse from Kansas fell from the sky. If Oklahoma had either hills or dales, the death of the heat wave would've been celebrated over them.

Everywhere except the corporate offices of Orange Leaf Yogurt, 14313 N May Ave.

While those that work for the up-and-coming frozen yogurt company suffered at home like the rest of us, life was good at the office this summer.

And why not? Orange Leaf doesn't only sell desserts that are cool, it's a cool place to hang out. The stores are designed like living rooms that happen to have yogurt dispensers. And then somebody raided the pantry to put out mix-ins such as gummy bears, cereal and candy bar pieces. Add in some fresh fruit or boba pearls, and you've got a tasty treat in a comfortable, kid-friendly environment.

If you feel as if you're seeing yogurt shops on every corner, you are. It's true, they're spreading faster than red cedar. None, perhaps, more so than Orange Leaf. And yes, if you're wondering, Orange Leaf did used to be called Orange Tree.

Owner Mike Liddell and his son-in-law Reese Travis bought a franchise in summer 2009. Liddell, chairman of Gulfport Energy, liked the results so much he bought the company and installed Travis as chief executive officer and settled on the name Orange Leaf

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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