If there's one thing that residents of Athens, Georgia, can't get enough of, it's frozen yogurt. In the three years that I have lived in Athens, I have witnessed not one, not two, but three frozen yogurt shops pop up all across town. And now the Classic City is home to a new face on the frozen yogurt block: Menchie's Frozen Yogurt.

Menchie's follows several aspects of the the typical yogurt shop model: a variety of flavors of frozen yogurt, as well as a wide array of toppings that you add yourself. Like other shops in town, you don't pay by the toppings or flavors you get, but by how much your frozen treat weighs at the end. This gives you the freedom to pile on toppings to your heart's content.

Menchie's puts a fresh spin on just about everything they do.  Menchie's rotates its flavors multiple times during the week, so you're never going to get bored of the same old chocolate and vanilla. And to suit those with special dietary preferences, they also feature no sugar added, dairy free, and low carb options. The list of flavors ranges anywhere from Chai Tea and Island Banana to Chocolate Espresso and Blueberry Cheesecake.

On top of that (literally) comes the options for different toppings. Every snack imaginable (mini pretzels, rainbow sprinkles, animal crackers, etc.) combined with fresh, seasonal options like strawberries, pineapple, kiwi and blueberries. In case that wasn't enough, you can also add a drizzle of hot peanut butter or fudge sauce to top it all off.

And we all know that a big part of what makes going out for a meal (or for frozen yogurt) enjoyable is the experience you have while you're out. Ricky Steele, owner of the newly opened Menchie's at the Beechwood Center in Athens, GA, takes great pride in the quality of its employees and the customer service he makes sure to show each and every customer. In addition, the bright decor and fun atmosphere of the shop make it a place where everyone from young children to college students to parents can kick back, relax, and enjoy a delicious frozen treat.

Although the Menchie's at Beechwood in Athens has been open for several weeks, they have planned a fabulous, three-day grand opening to introduce themselves to the Athens community in the hopes to become Athens' next favorite frozen yogurt shop. The festivities will take place on Friday, Aug. 19 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 21. If you're in town that weekend, come check it out!

The festivities will include:

Friday, Aug. 19 :   - 7 p.m.-Ribbon cutting ceremony with Athens Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Nancy Denson at 2 p.m.
-20% of proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20:  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.-Free gift bags to the first 20 families at 11 a.m.
-10% of your yogurt purchase and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia when you bring in two canned food items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Free games and hourly raffles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Free magnet photo frame for the first 30 families from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21:  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10% off your yogurt purchase and 10% of proceeds will continue to go to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia when you bring in two canned food items from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Free gift bags for the first 20 kids at 12 p.m.
-Free face painting from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
-Raffles for merchandise, gift bags and iPod shuffles from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
-Photos with Menchie and the UGA mascot "Hairy Dawg" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
-Performance by the UGA marching Redcoat Band dancers, the Georgettes, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
-Balloon art from Mr. Clown from 4 p.m to 5 p.m.

To learn more about Menchie's at Beechwood, visit their Facebook page here. And if you visit Menchie's during their grand opening, report back to us and let you know what you think!

Menchie's Beechwood
Beechwood Shopping Center
196 Alps Road, Suite 5
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 208-7223

Hours of operation:
Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.