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Ripon gets ready for ‘Culture Shock’

New yogurt shop opens next Tuesday

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Ripon gets ready for ‘Culture Shock’

Junior Hernandez sets up a children’s corner in his family’s new “Culture Shock” yogurt shop in Ripon’s Towne Square Shopping Center at the corner of Main Street and Wilma Avenue.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED June 22, 2011 1:14 a.m.

RIPON — A new yogurt shop – “Culture Shock” frozen yogurt – is being opened by descendants of a pioneer Dutch Ripon family in the Towne Square Shopping Center located on West Main Street at Wilma Avenue.


Jim and Marianne Miller, along with their daughter Carla Hernandez, will open the doors to the new 45-seat shop at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, where they will be offering hometown counter service in the 1,450-square-foot facility next to the Subway Sandwich Shop.


Son-in-law Junior Hernandez said the shop will specialize in sugar-free yogurt and a friendly atmosphere patterned after a large Modesto shop – the Yogurt Mill – that he and his wife have enjoyed for the past 20 years. He said their friendliness and their cleanliness have long inspired the family.


Hernandez said he and his family have always been appreciative of the demeanor of the staff members at Schemper’s ACE Hardware located across Wilma Avenue from the yogurt shop, saying they plan to treat their customers in the same way.


Hernandez said the Millers helped him get set up in his catering business in Manteca giving him cause to help them set up their Ripon store front. He added that the shop will be a place where kids can spend time after they get out of school.


One cabinet at the end of the counter is filled with board games for their enjoyment. Senior citizens can make use of the couches or the tables to chat during a break in their day.


The new shop offers to feed a family of five for as little as $15, he said, where other yogurt shops seem to be priced higher and out of the family budget.


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