Back in 2011, Orange resident Jason Moon, a recent Amity grad opened the NuVita Frozen Yogurt shop at 35 Old Tavern Road in Orange.
As the years went by, he opened a few more stores, one of the most popular being at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Milford.
In 2015, for the fourth anniversary of the flagship store, Moon, with the help of his father, installed new floors, walls, counters, and display cases, giving the place a bright, fresh new look.
Connecticut is a tough place to own a business and not many last more than a few years, but NuVita is one of the lucky ones with a friendly, hard-working staff, and Moon always considering new ideas to keep customers interested and satisfied.
Seven years ago, Jason called me first to announce the flagship store’s opening, and last night he asked that I help him make another announcement — he has had to close the Milford Mall store.
Frequent visitors may have noticed that they never see him at either location lately. He explained that his parents moved out of state and now, his mother is very ill and he has moved down south to help take care of her.
This life-changing event, along with lower foot traffic at the mall, led to the decision to leave the mall.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who supported NuVita over past few years. But my family needs me now and it’s time to let Milford go,” he said.
Fans of the Orange store can breathe easy, it’s hanging in there. Even in his absence, he hopes residents and froyo lovers will still stop in and enjoy a cool treat, coffee or tea drink and kick their feet up and relax with the free WiFi. Small independent local businesses need a faithful clientele to stay alive. Every little bit helps.
“Thank you everyone for the love and support,” Moon said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me.”