A few months ago, Debbie Duvall had a revelation.
While visiting her daughter Reilly in California where she attends college, Duvall casually mentioned that the building their family owns at 527 Main Street had recently lost its renters. At the time, the pair was grabbing a snack at a local frozen yogurt shop.
Reilly turned to her mother and suggested that she open a frozen yogurt shop in the recently vacated building. Although Duvall wasn’t sure at first, after discussing it with her husband, the rest of the family was soon on board. Together, Rob and Debbie Duvall opened Revelations Yogurt.
“The name is Revelations Yogurt because it all happened through a series of revelations,” Duvall explained with a laugh.
Endlessly cheerful, with infectious energy, the longtime Edmonds resident is a fourth-generation local business owner. Her mother was a Yost (think Yost Park) and her father owned Ewing electric.
“It just feels so right that I can have a business where my father had a business,” Duvall said.
The Duvall’s other daughter, Devin, is set to manage the shop when it opens. An exact opening date hasn’t been set because of paperwork and planning permits processing with the city of Edmonds, but Duvall projects the shop will open in time for the warm months of summer. She sees it as the perfect place to grab a healthy treat and gather with friends.
“My passion is community," Duvall said, “so what I want the shop to be is a place for sports teams and birthday parties. It’s going to have Wi-Fi and a seating area. I want it to be a meeting place for youth groups, families and teams, a place where people can meet, grab a treat and be comfortable.”
For those not familiar with frozen yogurt shops, this isn’t the stuff you buy at the store in a plastic cup, which Duvall admits some people have questioned her about. Frozen yogurt sometimes does contain yogurt, but it is more like ice cream, comes in a rainbow of flavors and is a healthy alternative to ice cream.
Yogurt Revelations will have various flavors of frozen yogurt available at all times, along with at least one non-dairy option, such as sorbet. They will also offer toppings ranging from fresh fruit to cereal to candy, so there is something for every palette.
In true Edmonds spirit, giving back to the community is also at the top of Duvall’s business plan. After the shop finds its feet and gets up and running, she plans to provide local nonprofit groups and school arts programs with fundraising opportunities.
“I feel like I’ve been really blessed in my lifetime and so any kind of group that wants to help out in some way, we want to help them,” Duvall said.
Stay tuned for updates about the opening date of Revelations Yogurt.