It's only a little over two months until spring, and Young Baik is getting a jump on things by opening downtown Skokie's first frozen yogurt shop, Cocomero, at 4849 W.Oakton, just west of the CTA Yellow Line station.
The exterior sign won't be in place until the end of January, but inside, Cocomero is decked out in pretty shades of mango, melon, raspberry and kiwi and open for business.
It will be the franchise's 11th store in Illinois, said Baik, who left her position as an oncologist at Evanston Hospital to open it, she said.
"I've always been interested in business," she said, adding her colleagues thought it was a crazy idea, but respected her willingness to get out there and try something different than the medical profession, which she said can be draining and lead to burnout.
Baik was able to get a Village of Skokie grant to help with permanent improvements to the property, such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical. She has put $150,000 into the property, she said, adding she has not been told yet how much the Skokie grant will provide, but the maximum is $50,000.
While it's a bit chilly these days for frozen yogurt, Cocomero does have a seasonal flavor in egg nog, and all-year favorites such as chocolate, cookies and cream, fudge brownie, strawberry and pineapple.
The shop will soon offer green tea flavor, and a a dessert called ping su, which has shaved ice, fruit, sweet red beans and yogurt.
It also offers many flavors of bubble tea.
Come next October, the shop will offer hot coffee for those seeking something a little warmer.