Alumni couple has munchies for Menchie’s
During the peak hours of the summer heat, a line stretched across the sidewalk as a UH alumni couple hosted the grand opening of their frozen yogurt franchise Saturday morning in Clear Lake.
Merchandising and industrial distribution alumnus Jack Page and hotel and restaurant management alumna Kelly Page opened the 13th Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Houston, which is also the 300th location in the nation.
Also active Cougar Pride donors, the couple considered the opportunity to open their own business while planning for their wedding.
“After I visited my sister in Los Angeles and discovered Menchie’s, Jack and I discussed opening our own franchise together,” Kelly said.
Houston has numerous frozen yogurt hotspots, but she emphasized the reasons why this particular franchise is different from others.
“Menchie’s has their own private label frozen yogurt flavors, which makes them unique,” Kelly said. “They may have the same name, but they are custom-made flavors that can only be found here.”
Kelly described several difficulties throughout their one and a half years of planning.
“One of the hardest things was undergoing construction and obtaining appropriate permits,” Kelly said. “After that, it was smooth sailing.”
The lack of locations in the surrounding area inspired Kelly, and she explained her proposal to develop another Menchie’s closer to campus.
“We’re in the process of negotiating a location closer to UH,” Kelly said. “It would be near Discovery Green, and whenever the Metro rail is completed, that would provide great access from the UH campus to Menchie’s downtown.”