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Several commercial spaces are filling in La Plata, with one already serving frozen yogurt that makes some customers hop with joy.
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt opened Aug. 29 in the La Plata Village Square building, between Texas Roadhouse and Chick-fil-A on Drury Drive.
Sweet Frog features a toppings bar where customers can decorate their own frozen yogurt creation, said General Manager Richard Chang.
The frozen yogurt shop serves 14 flavors, often pairing flavors such as chocolate and raspberry together, Chang said.
“Our motto is ‘Fun is our secret ingredient,’” Chang said.
The community response has been great, Chang said, with its busiest times coming in the after-dinner hours.
“We have been busy fairly normally. We are fortunate to be in La Plata,” Chang said.
In the future, the frozen yogurt shop will partner with local schools and nonprofits to do spirit nights, Chang said, where a portion of the proceeds benefit an organization.
Sweet Frog will have a spirit night Oct. 29 for the Southern Maryland Christian Academy, Chang said.
Japan Express, a Japanese fast-food restaurant, is expected to open in three to four weeks in the La Plata Village Square building, said Chris Shasho of Shasho Consulting Commercial Real Estate.
Hue Haircolor Studio opened at the beginning of September in the La Plata Village Square building, which also contains Chipotle.
Sissy Hall, the salon’s owner, said the salon moved from its location on St. Mary’s Avenue, allowing for an expanded salon at a “great location.”
“I think we’ve been pretty busy since we’ve been here. Our clients are curious what we’re about,” Hall said.
The salon specializes in hair coloring, with certified hair colorists, but also does regular haircuts, Hall said.
A grand opening will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the studio. Attendees will get to tour the salon, eat hors d’oeuvres and listen to music from DJ Just Jeff.
The final spot in the building has not been filled, Shasho said, but people have expressed interest in the 600-square-foot space.
One of Chipotle’s rivals, Qdoba, is estimated to arrive in the Rosewick Crossing Shopping Center on Rosewick Road within three or four weeks, Shasho said.
The Mexican fast-food restaurant will open in a brand new space in the shopping center strip that Giant Food anchors, Shasho said.
“We’re hoping for more Rosewick tenants by late winter,” Shasho said, adding that a Walmart Supercenter would improve the likelihood of more tenants with the traffic and retail space it would add to the area.
An annexation intending to build a Walmart Supercenter and commercial spots in La Plata south of Rosewick Road is on hold while the Maryland Court of Special Appeals hears a case determining the legality of a petition intending to bring the annexation to a referendum election before the town.
Supporters have argued the project would increase commercial activity and create jobs, including at adjacent shopping centers. Opponents have argued that a Walmart Supercenter would hurt other grocery stores in the town and hurt La Plata’s small-town character.
The reason for increased commercial activity in the town, Shasho said, is that people are coming out of the recession mentally.
The Great Recession began in December 2007 and officially ended in June 2009.
“We’ve been out of the recession physically, but mentally, people are getting the idea that we are out of a recession. People with funds are getting ready to start new projects,” Shasho said.
“I’m very hopeful for an upturn in the economy,” Shasho said.