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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

June 3, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Self-serve so cool is frozen

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Sketched May 31, 2:12 p.m.
If self-serve frozen-yogurt shops aren’t in your neighborhood yet, just wait.
Since my local fro-yo shop, Mill Creek’s Skinny Dip, opened in January, I’ve noticed similar ones have popped up in Lynnwood, Green Lake and Capitol Hill. They may become as ubiquitous here as they are in California, where the craze apparently started.
Skinny Dip owner Dave Hunsaker, 48, says people want a healthful treat, but I think the twist is the do-it-yourself concept. You can fill your cup with as many flavors and toppings as you want and pay by the ounce. My 42-cents-an-ounce treat this week: Stevia Strawberry Chocolate and Greek Tart topped with strawberries, mango, M&M’s and gummy bears.
Snohomish teenagers Mackenzie Lande and Shelby Smale agreed that the fun is to make your own creation. It’s also a cute place to hang out after school, said Lande, pointing to the bright-colored tiles on the walls and lounge-style furniture. “We just bring new friends all the time.”
Blog extra!
Here are more sketches from my visit to Skinny Dip:
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Emma Jurgens is one of the many teens who work the counter at Mill Creek’s Skinny Dip. The best part of the job? “Seeing my friends all the time,” she said.
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Brandon Wheeler pours some chocolate sprinklers onto his cotton candy yogurt. The Mill Creek A’s Little League player was here with his mom Tammy. She praised the youthful decoration and welcoming environment for the younger crowd.
Drawn to Seattle: I’m always looking to discover new places where I can take my sketchpad in the Seattle area. Send me your ideas via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!

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