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Many restaurants and retailers like a soft opening with little fanfare to give staff time to get used to real work conditions.

But when CherryBerry self-serve yogurt bar opened they took people by surprise and the initial launch may have been more silent opening than soft.

The news the yogurt shop was joining the strip mall off Woida Road was first reported in the Dispatch in January. Now CherryBerry, between Starbucks and Subway in Baxter, is open for business.

Customers mix and weigh their own yogurt creations and pay by the ounce. They have the ability to pick from 50 rotating fat-free yogurt flavors and more than 50 toppings like fresh fruit, cereal, granola, candies, sprinkles, and nuts.

CherryBerry reports its yogurt is naturally made from real ingredients, homogenized and pasteurized, low fat or fat free. The company said its yogurt promotes a healthy digestive system and touts its frozen yogurt as a choice to help reduce cholesterol. It also has gluten-free and no-sugar added yogurts. Yogurt flavors include pumpkin pie and “ooey gooey cinnamon bun,” kettle corn, cotton candy, red velvet cupcake, and candy cane.

CherryBerry includes frozen custard, gelato, and sorbet. There are dry toppings, cold bar toppings and syrups to add to the yogurt. The company’s headquarters are in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Applebee’s in Baxter reopened Wednesday after going through a remodel. Crews were working into the night in a renovation of the restaurant. Applebee’s opened in Baxter in August of 2002. Charter Communications is adding 27 new high-definition channels to its offerings in Brainerd, Baxter and the wider Brainerd lakes area.

The addition raises the number of HD channels to more than 100 and increases the number of HD on demand channels. Charter reports more HD channels are coming this fall as well. The addition of the 27 channels is expected by June 20.

“These additions are part of the evolution of Charter TV, which includes a growing number of HD channels and on demand choices, a 3D experience, mobile\ apps that deliver digital channels on smart phones and tablets, online programming,” Charter reported.

“Today’s television experience extends far beyond the living room and onto a variety of connected devices,” said Melissa Morris, Charter’s vice president and general manager for Minnesota, in a news release. Charter is adding 29 digital Spanish-speaking networks. Also, two channels are moving from an analog format to digital on June 19 in Brainerd and

Baxter and five channels will go digital in the wider lakes area. The move to digital, which requires a set-top receiver for most channels, is aimed at providing higher quality audio and video. And Charter reports moving more channels to the digital format helps make room for more HD channels, video, Internet and phone enhancements.

Charter recommends customer reprogram DVRs to record favorite TV shows from the HD channels.

“To watch select digital channels on mobile devices in or out of the home, Charter Internet customers should register with their credentials and customers without Charter Internet service should register with credentials when downloading the apps,” Charter reported.

“More than 80 percent of Charter customers already subscribe to digital video service, most with a digital receiver on more than one TV.” Charter is also planning to provide 3D movies on demand and make more movies and TV shows available on mobile devices. Charter customers can expect to get a mailing on the changes. The transition period is scheduled between June 19-20. The new HD channels includes HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, Encore channels, Fox Business Network, TVLand, Planet Green, History Channel International, Tennis, Game Show Network, G4, Hallmark Movie Channel, MTV2, Fuse.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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