Frozen yogurt in March? Not crazy at all |

Frozen yogurt in March? Not crazy at all

Editor’s Note: Three generations of the Grizzell-Marchinek clan have joined forces to open a new business in Penn Valley, Crazy 4 Yogurt. Crystal Marchinek talks about the family enterprise, which is going great guns. If you hang around, you might notice generation No. 4 running around – like crazy.

What goods do you offer?

Self-serve frozen yogurt with more than 75 toppings including candy, fresh fruit and syrup. We also have sugar-free yogurt and syrups.

What makes you different from other yogurt and ice cream stores?

We have room for birthday parties, story time at 1 p.m. Mondays for preschool-aged children, loyalty cards for our customers, gift certificates and senior happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

What’s new?

We already have many new flavors, which change every Friday. Though we’ve been open only a short time, we already have new toppings our customers have suggested.

What do you love about your work?

Our friendly customers and fun environment.

What do you find most challenging?

Keeping product filled!

What is your background?

Pete and Crystal Marchineks were raised in Nevada County and live in Lake Wildwood with their two little girls. Pete is an engineer with Higgins Fire District, and Crystal was previously in real estate.

Crystal’s parents, Bill and Sheila Grizzell, have lived in Lake Wildwood for more than 16 years. Bill is a paramedic and engineer with Penn Valley Fire District, and Sheila is a loan officer for Northern California Mortgage in Grass Valley.

Ray and Rose Holley are Sheila’s parents, who live in Lincoln. They have helped in many essential ways, and Ray, who is a contractor, remodeled the interior himself.

Our name, Crazy 4 Yogurt, comes from the four generations that have been involved with this endeavor and the four granddaughters Bill and Sheila have – all under the age of 3. It’s crazy at the Grizzell home when they’re all together.

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