The Rigg family has found its sweet spot in Sequim for frozen yogurt.
It all started with Kyla Rigg’s 16th birthday party. Shawnna and Dan Rigg invited nine of their daughter’s friends to join in on her sweet birthday celebration that included a trip to Tacoma Mall and dinner. On the way home, the girls stopped in Silverdale and to their surprise, also found a shop that serves frozen yogurt.
Four years later, the Rigg family is ready to serve up its own taste of frozen yogurt in Sequim.
“We all walked in there and that’s where we had dessert,” Shawnna Rigg said. “The kids fell in love with it.”
“And ever since that day when she turned 16 … we decided Sequim needs a frozen yogurt shop,” she said.
The Rigg family is planning to open their family-owned frozen yogurt shop, “Sweet Spot Sequim, Inc.” with a tentative date set at the end of March, at 609 W. Washington St., Suite 11, between Sunny Farms Supplements and Strong Points Fitness, in the JCPenney shopping center.
The family said they believe the community needs a frozen yogurt shop because it offers a healthier option for dessert and there isn’t a shop available anywhere in the area.
They also hope the business will be a place where the community can come together, from teenagers to families.
“It would be a really great place for the high school kids,” Kyla said. “I work at the YMCA and they hang out there a lot of the time but they’re looking for a place they can hang out.”
The Rigg family said they’ve always been very involved in the Sequim community, from Sequim Little League to Wolf Pup cheerleading to the Sequim Irrigation Festival, and wanted to add this business to continue to provide a service to the community.
To get the business going, the family consulted with frozen yogurt businesses in Washington to learn about the industry and are bringing together their individual skills to the business.
“Between the four of us and our family, everybody has a part,” Shawnna said.
Shawnna is a RE/MAX PRIME broker agent in Sequim, her husband Dan is a general contractor and home inspector with his own company I-Inspect, Inc., and their children Zach and Kyla are both attending Peninsula College and working at Cedars of Dungeness.
Zach is in the process of earning a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in business management and Kyla has an Associates degree.
Dan has reconstructed, renovated and designed the space from scratch, Kyla is in charge of interior design, and Shawnna and Zach have taken on the business management aspects.
Shawnna’s father-in-law, Brant Parks, also helped create the idea for the business’ logo. He began drawing sketches of the logo which were later turned into its final design by graphic designer Laura Friedkin, who also works on the logo for the Sequim Irrigation Festival.
“I asked him to draw something with a bullseye and an arrow,” Shawnna said.
The family said the bullseye and the arrow represent when the family found the perfect spot to put their business.
Zach said when he was researching for a spot to put the business, traffic data suggested that the area near their shop is where there is the most car traffic daily on average in Sequim.
“I was very choosy about our location,” Shawnna said.
“When we finally open those doors, I will have the same feeling of when we found the spot.”
Once the business is open, it will be a self-serve frozen yogurt shop with eight different flavors that will rotate throughout the year.
The family said the inside of the shop will feature a teal or turquoise color — the family’s favorite color — accented by bright pops of color.
“We want it to be bright and fun, but we don’t want you to have a headache when you walk in,” Kyla said.
There will be four frozen yogurt machines with two flavors at each machine with a third option to mix the flavors together. Customers will place their frozen yogurt on a scale and will be charged at a price per ounce.
“It’s consumer based and it’s self serve, so people will come in and make their own,” Shawnna said. “What you create in your cup is what you pay for.”
There will be toppings available to add onto the frozen yogurt if a customer chooses, such as fresh fruit and candy toppings as well as warm sauces. Some of the regular flavors the family is planning to offer are chocolate, vanilla, cake batter, original tart and a dairy-free sorbet option.
The family also is planning at some point to sell merchandise, such as T-shirts and sweatshirts, to the community.
“We love our community and we think it will be a great thing for it,” Shawnna said.
“It’s definitely family oriented for sure,” Zach said. “Eventually, over time we can give back to the community.”
“I’m excited to see all the family and kids there,” Kyla said.
She used to coach T-ball for several years and said many of the families would discuss where they could go after the games. Now, Kyla believes families will have somewhere to celebrate, just as she did on her 16th birthday.
“We know a lot of people in Sequim, so I’m excited for people we know to come there.”