|Shelly Hwang and Young Lee|
Pinkberry is a franchise of upscale frozen dessert restaurants headquartered in LA, California. The first store opened in January 2005 by Korean Americans Shelly Hwang and Young Lee. The tart, frozen dessert has a groupie-like following who sometimes refer to it as "Crackberry". The company acknowledges its cult-like following by maintaining a "groupie corner" on its website
Hwang's first business venture was to open a formal English teahouse on a tiny residential street called Huntley Drive in West Hollywood, California. However, after the city refused to approve a permit for Hwang and her business partner, architect Young Lee, they decided to go with their second plan, which was a frozen yogurt concept reviving the craze of the 1980s. People were soon driving across town and standing in line for up to 20 to 30 minutes to get their fix of "the taste that launched 1,000 parking tickets."
In October 2009, Pinkberry opened its first overseas branch in the State of Kuwait at the Avenues shopping mall.
Pinkberry's menu consists of Original, Green Tea, Pomegranate, Coffee, and a few seasonal favors which include Coconut, Passion Fruit, and Chocolate flavored frozen yogurt style desserts in three sizes:
Medium(240 ml), and
Pinkberry is proud to host in-store fundraisers. For any fundraising event, 20% of all proceeds will be donated to your organization or cause. Everyone’s invited—gather your friends, family and supporters to participate in your event!