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
A little more than two years later, Orange Leaf is set to open it's 111th store on Nov. 11 in Louisville, Ky., boasting franchises in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Louisiana, Indiana, Texas, Florida, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, Tennessee and Australia.
Since Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, Travis decided to partner with AMillionThanks.org, which collects hundreds of letters daily from folks looking to thank our troops. Orange Leaf hopes to collect 1 million letters of thanks by Thanksgiving. No purchase is necessary to stop by and deliver yours.
But who would want to skip out on flavors covering practically every known berry to cakes and variations on chocolate?
If you struggle deciding on what flavors to try, download Orange Leaf's new app, which was released in July. Not only can you find your nearest yogurt filling station, but you can devise your day's flavor combination on the way.
As for me, I go for the basic tart yogurt with some bobas, berries and pecans. And I don't need a heat wave to inspire me.