Podcast: ‘Swirl’ Frozen Yogurt Shop Owner Sonny Yi

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Sonny Yi, the well-known owner-on-site of Swirl, a frozen yogurt shop on Cherry Street that just turned 10 years old, and spent the stretch of that time navigating the pandemic, outlasting a nearly 60% decline in revenue at one point and changing his operation meet the public health restrictions that just now are lifting. 

Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

Local Businesses and COVID-19: ‘Swirl’ Frozen Yogurt

For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to Sonny Yi, on-site owner of frozen yogurt shop Swirl. The popular Cherry Street business is open 12 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Yi is taking orders by phone and text (203-434-7726) as well as “walkups” to the shop who must remain at a safe distance outside. Those picking up are getting delivery to their cars. During our exchange, Yi credited his landlord, saying, “Brock Saxe and his family have always been supportive and understanding, and they truly care about their tenants.”

Here’s our interview.

Beat the Heat: New Canaan’s Cooling Desserts

With the heat ramping up, and more days above 90 degrees forecasted for this summer—the National Weather Service is calling for sunshine and 80-plus-degree temps all week—New Canaan dessert shops such as Baskin Robbins, Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato and Swirl are ready to help locals “beat the heat.” Baskin Robbins on Main Street long has served as a hub for those who want something cold and sweet. Baskin Robbins worker Felisha Swaby told NewCanaanite.com that the most coveted order is the Mint Chocolate Chip Shake. Easy to drink, customers won’t have to worry about this shake melting like conventional ice cream cups and cones, she said. Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato owner Nuccia Mazzonetto hand-makes her gelati and has gained a great reputation among those who know quality New Canaan desserts.

I Scream, You Scream: A Guide to New Canaan’s Ice Cream (And Yogurt!)

With sunshine filling the sky, pools opening, and less than a week until NCHS graduation, it is clear that summer is finally here. Although every New Canaanite spends their summer differently, the best way to cool off on a hot summer day is to grab an ice cream or frozen yogurt. The New Canaanite took a tour around town to all of the shops around town to see which place is the best for each type of occasion. Baskin Robbins—The Classic

103 Main St. If you are looking for 31 flavors of classic ice cream, B&R is the way to go.