A new frozen yogurt store in now open in Hermitage. TOPZ Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop located at 4666 Lebanon Pike next to Publix in the Oakwood Commons Shopping Center. TOPZ has twelve delicious rotating flavors to choose from with lowfat, nonfat, and no sugar added options. If you haven’t tasted frozen yogurt in a few years, this isn’t your grandmas frozen yogurt. The industry has made huge strides in improving the taste and texture. TOPZ also has fifty different choices on the self-serve topping bar.The owner of TOPZ, Chris Gray, has lived in the Hermitage/Donelson area for eight years. Chris moved to Nashville primarily to pursue songwriting. In 2008, one of Chris’ songs was recorded by Randy Owen (lead singer of the Multi-Grammy winning country group Alabama). That song, entitled “Braid My Hair,” is the story of a little girl’s determination to win her battle with cancer and it was Randy’s first release to radio off of his solo CD. Randy, along with songwriters Chris Gray and Brent Wilson, donated 100 percent of the publishing royalties to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A few years before Randy Owen recorded “Braid My Hair,” Chris became friends with the then unknown, but now famous, country artist Chris Young. Not long after they met, Chris Young recorded a five song Christmas CD that included a song that Chris Gray penned entitled “The Star”. That same song was also included on a CD that legendary Music Row publisher Buddy Killen(whom the Music Row Roundabout is now named after) included in a book entitled, A Country Music Christmas. If you would like to hear “Braid My Hair,” and “The Star” you can go to youtube and type in the words “chrisgsongs channel” in the search box. When the page comes up, just click on the box next to “chrisgsongs channel.”
Gray said TOPZ Frozen Yogurt is a bright, colorful place that serves incredible yogurt and has great customer service, but he says he wants it to be even more that that. He says, “I love writing songs and I believe in the power of words. So, I have incorporated positive, fun and inspirational quotes into the design of the store. We will have live acoustic music from time to time, and I hope to do some writer’s nights. I want TOPZ to be a place that not only serves great yogurt, but also inspires and uplifts anyone who comes through the door.
Chris invites the community to come out on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m. for the ribbon cutting to be followed by the grand opening. All yogurt and toppings will be 25 percent off on Thursday and Friday. Chris’ co-writing friend and Hermitage resident Danny Wells will be singing a couple of the hits he has penned including “Check Yes Or No” (George Strait) and “These Days” (Rascal Flatts) and Chris will sing “Braid My Hair.” You can find Topz Frozen Yogurt on facebook at www.facebook.com/topzyogurt.