If only all the chaos in the world could be settled with customized frozen yogurt.
Upon entering Swirled Peace, one finds a bright, roomy place where productivity, relaxation, conversations, frozen yogurt customization and satisfaction all live in harmony.
Owners Paul and Esther Rhee, accompanied by friends and family, opened their unique venture four weeks ago at 711 W. Main St. in Lansdale, but officially celebrated its arrival in the borough with a ribbon cutting event Friday afternoon, featuring Mayor Andy Szekely and PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce CEO Pam Kelly.
Rhee brought the frozen yogurt and coffee bar to Lansdale to give people a modern place to go to relax, do business work, do homework, conduct meetings, catch up with friends and enjoy 16 different flavors of yogurt at any time, complete with more than 50 toppings.
The best part – you make your own frozen yogurt concoction. Go ahead, put Cap'n Crunch on your Tahitian vanilla. It's ok – choose the chocolate mousse flavor over creamy peanut butter, and go nuts with the Reese's Pieces. Great idea – come back tomorrow and try the sweet coconut or thin mint or Hawaiian pineapple flavors. Or maybe the New York cheesecake with the capuccino?
One does not know which spoon to start with at the topping station: Oreos or Heath bar? Fruit Loops or M&Ms, or both? Gummy bears and gummy worms … why not?
If a mid-afternoon or evening pick-me-up of 100-percent Arabica specialty grade coffee is to your liking, then Swirled Peace has the Cafe Excellence coffees for you. Iced coffee more your bag? Then Swirled Peace iced coffee might be the menu item for you, complete with special creamer made in-house.
“We have coffee and frozen yogurt,” he said. “All of the yogurt is self-serve. We have a full coffee bar, and all our teas, bubble teas and hot and cold drinks are all made to order.”
Rhee said he wanted to bring quality food items into the community.
“We hope everyone gets to enjoy that,” he said.
Cost for the custom frozen yogurt is 49 cents an ounce – you pay by weight.
“You don't have to be a math teacher to charge the right amount. Our computers do it all, and take away the cost of the cup,” he said. “You get to choose whatever you want and there's the control to put whatever you want in that cup.”
Whatever the choice may end up being at Swirled Peace, Rhee wants to be sure customer take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and 3,000-square-foot “office space,” be it for a change of scenery, a meeting or party or a study group. Reservations not necessary, but welcomed.
“I'm a math teacher, and one of the most the important things to me was the room for students to come in and do a lot of homework. I, myself, I did a lot of work at different cafes, with my computer, so we made sure we had Wi-Fi. We hope a lot of professionals and students come by and do work, and have a good time and relax and enjoy each other's company,” Rhee said.
Rhee believes Swirled Peace is for family time and you time.
“The community response has been excellent, which is very encouraging. We have a lot of repeat customers and we've been well received,” he said.
Swirled Peace is open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sunday. Check out its Facebook page here.