by Sam Hendrian
Located at the intersection of Mission Avenue and Escondido Boulevard, the independently-owned Happy Yogurt has served a variety of frozen yogurt flavors to Escondido since 1980. Bertie and Caleb, the current owners, value the opportunity to meet and befriend new customers.
Happy Yogurt’s original owners, Don and Rose, had the fundamental belief to treat their customers like family. When Bertie and Caleb took over the business in April 2016, they were proud to carry on the tradition of hospitality and customer service. When asked what attracted him to the frozen yogurt business, Caleb responded, “I wasn’t so much attracted to yogurt as I was to Happy Yogurt.” The “sense of family” and loyal customer base were elements that Caleb and Bertie both loved, in addition to the high quality of the frozen yogurt.
When Happy Yogurt first opened in 1980, it was located about one mile north of its current El Norte Parkway location. In January of 2017, Caleb and Bertie decided to move Happy Yogurt from El Norte Parkway to Mission Avenue. There they serve both new and long-term customers. “You meet a lot of people you wouldn’t have met otherwise,” Bertie said with a smile.
Bertie and Caleb uphold the fundamental values of Happy Yogurt by giving back to the Escondido community. They collect donations in their store for the San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido site, as well as the Escondido Education Foundation, which raises funds for special projects in elementary schools.
Bertie and Caleb are excited to have JPCatholic nearby in order to meet new, young faces. They feel immensely blessed to have made so many wonderful friends while owning the shop, and they cannot wait to make more. When asked why they love their job, Caleb responded, “It brings happiness to people. Kids end up jumping for joy.” Happy Yogurt is open from 11:30 AM to 8 PM Monday through Thursday and 11:30 AM to 9PM on Friday and Saturday.
Happy Yogurt is offering a discount to JPCatholic students. Mention this article for 20% off your order.
Photos courtesy of Kristen Lavan.