» By CONOR SCRUTON – cscruton@my.apsu.edu

With Clarksville seeing some warmer weather, last week I decided to find a place to celebrate our upcoming spring break.

Sweet Berry is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop very close to campus at 1715 D Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Like a lot of small businesses in Clarksville, Sweet Berry is deeply rooted in APSU; the founder, owner, and logo designer all have connections to the school.

I was by no means a stranger when I walked into Sweet Berry last week. My sister, a self-proclaimed Sweet Berry addict and APSU senior, had been excited about taking me to the frozen yogurt shop for months when she found out I was moving to Clarksville.

Her excitement hadn’t been misplaced, either; from the moment you walk in, Sweet Berry does everything right in terms of atmosphere and service. I’ve never encountered anything less than a warm welcome from the workers, and the restaurant itself is quaint without being too overdone. The choices in actual frozen yogurt are just standard, for the most part — vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc. — but there’s a really wide range of toppings you can add basically for free.

That’s one thing that really appeals to me about Sweet Berry; it’s self-serve, and the price is based on the weight rather than what kind of frozen yogurt you get. It’s really useful when you’re just dropping in for a warm afternoon’s snack, as I usually am. Rather than jumping through mathematical hoops in your head trying to calculate the prices of different flavors and amounts, at Sweet Berry you get only as much as you want and pay a proportional price.

As far as the frozen yogurt itself, I was genuinely impressed when I first tried it last year. Any frozen yogurt option will do, but I particularly recommend strawberry with cheesecake chunks. Once again, the wide range of topping options does a lot for Sweet Berry where some places would charge you extra.

On the whole, eating at Sweet Berry feels less like stopping at a restaurant and more like enjoying some frozen yogurt in your own kitchen. They’re open from 2-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and noon-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a great shop for families and college students alike, and as it gets hotter outside, you’ll definitely see me stopping by for a quick, cool treat. TAS