"It took some time to work with the city [for the permits] and check out a lot of different yogurt places," she explained. "And we were trying to come up with some new and different things we wanted to do."
Non-fat alpine vanilla
Sorbet mango tango
Non-fat very strawberry
Low-fat cake batter
Low-fat peanut butter
Non-fat cable car chocolate
Non-fat thin mint
Non-fat cookies and cream
The result? Eight current flavors and three bays of sneeze-guard protected toppings to choose from, including fruits, nuts, candies, cookies and marshmallows. Diane's favorite is peanut butter and chocolate yogurts with walnuts.
Each of the four machines has two flavors, as well as a twist option, but customers can really create any type of dish they like, served in a bowl, cone, or -- one of the Kirschner's new ideas -- sandwiched between two fresh-baked cookies.
The store has eight employees, and the Kirschners say if all goes well at the first location, they may consider expanding. For now, they're focusing on the Willits Road shop. They're getting to know the customers, and will decide if the flavors and hours need to adjust to better meet patrons' needs. Customers can expect more deals in the future, like the 25 percent off deal during the grand opening, and Diane said she plans to reach out to local kid-focused organizations like club and sports teams to talk about fundraisers.
"We love kids," Keith said," we have three of our own. In fact, the initials of their children -- ages 13, 11 and 11 -- can be found in the Lily Pads logo.
Lily Pads is located at 3130 Willits Rd.215-260-7893. Hours: Mon -Thurs and Sun: 11 a.m. - 9p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Allergy and dietary restriction information available upon request.