Owner Julie Harper offers a new kind of frozen yogurt shop

by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Julie Harper is surrounded by art at Yodelish Yogurt in Lake Oswego. The student art creates a great atmosphere for eating frozen yogurt.

Julie Harper is probably one of the hardest working woman in the frozen yogurt business.

At Yodelish, her shop at 3 Monroe Parkway in Lake Oswego, Harper has strict standards for cleanliness and friendliness toward customers. She makes sure her customers know the ropes about getting their self-serve yogurt. When you watch Harper expertly showing how to put yogurt into tiny taste cups you can see what a perfectionist she is.

“I’m very involved,” Harper said.

But Harper is also very fun. In fact, fun is her priority as she makes Yodelish friendly to kids and older folks alike. She forgoes the usual bare bones yogurt operation to put up art by kids, hang a chandelier and provide a warm welcome in which to cool off.

“I wanted a business that was a happy business,” Harper said. “I love kids and I want to give them sweet treats that are healthy. I just like engaging with the public.”

Harper is also engaged to Greg Mackintosh, her fiancée and business partner. He has had a big role in helping his future wife’s hopes come true.

“Everyone is happy here,” said Mackintosh, a native of South Africa and big Michael Caine fan. “Our customers are offered 10 flavors, 15 options, fresh fruit, candy and fun cereal.

“This store is not a new concept. But the way Julie did it is very different.”

Harper employs a number of local high school kids. As can be expected, she is very involved with them.

“For a lot of them this is their first job and I want them to have a positive experience,” Harper said. “I want them to take the work ethic they gain here and move forward in their lives.”

Harper also wants her employees’ pals to come to relax, talk and listen to music.

Elementary children are also high on the list at Yodelish. Harper has formed a partnership with the students at nearby Stephenson Elementary School in Portland to bring in their art for exhibition at the yogurt shop.

The colorful paintings are part of the twinkly atmosphere at Yodelish. As is the chandelier.

“Because of our chandelier one little girl dresses up when she comes here,” Harper said.

Could things be any better at Yodelish? Well, yes. Harper and Mackintosh were happy to see the sun coming out so brightly and warmly on a Friday afternoon. That kind of thing puts people in the mood for delicious frozen yogurt.

For more about Yodelish, visit or call 503-305-6574.

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