Oakton area residents will have a new place to grab dessert Friday with the opening of Zinga in the Oakton Shopping Center.
A number of Zinga franchise locations have opened up in the Northern Virginia area recently, including in Ashburn, Franklin Farm in Herndon and in Gainesville.
Oakton's new shop is at 2930 Chain Bridge Rd. [Suite 111], in the former Oakton Photo space.
The shop, which has 285 franchises under contract across the country, sells its self-serve yogurt by weight and offers 12 flavors and more than 50 available toppings.
The Oakton Zinga is kicking off its grand opening by pairing with the Oakton High School Sports Boosters for a fundraiser, Store Manager Laura Henderson said.
The fundraiser begins Friday and runs through Tuesday. The Boosters have been handing out fliers for patrons to bring in that will earn the organization $1 for every 7 ounces of yogurt purchased.
The fliers can also be brought to the Franklin Farm Shopping Center location in the Herndon area. The Herndon location held a soft opening in November.
Inside Zinga is a seating area for customers to enjoy their yogurt, six machines filled with twelve flavors of yogurt and stations full of toppings.
Henderson said the store will always have a vanilla, chocolate and plain tart yogurt, as well as a lactose-free sorbet and a sugar-free yogurt. Zinga rotates through the other flavors, changing two each week.
Henderson said they will put flavors next to each other such as pumpkin pie and café au lait that can be mixed for a pumpkin spice latte yogurt, or raspberry and New York cheesecake to make a raspberry cheesecake combination.
Toppings include fruits, cereals, candy, sauces and fresh-made whipped cream. Occasionally toppings may include things such as warm fruit cobblers, Henderson said.
There are also extras called bottomz, which include gluten-free chocolate cake, waffle cone and brownies, that can be added to the bottom of the bowl. Henderson said recipes will be posted inside the store to give yogurt lovers ideas of what will go well together.
Henderson said the Oakton location was chosen for its proximity to other nearby shopping and to be close to schools where they could be a part of the community. She said that proximity will allow them to get involved with fundraisers for schools and other locations.
Organizations looking to do a Zinga fundraiser can choose to receive 15 percent back in cash or 20 percent back in gift cards that organizations can give as prizes or gifts.
Each month the employees at Zinga will take turns choosing a local charity to benefit from the store’s Change for Charity jar, Henderson said. Instead of having a tip jar, patrons can donate their change and tips to local organizations.
Zinga will also have birthday party packages available with at least 24 hours notice. Partiers will have a spot in the store to sit and enjoy their treats with balloons and more. She said they’d like to eventually offer catering as well.
“We’re excited to get in the community,” Henderson said. “We definitely want to get out and be a part of the community.”
Zinga will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.