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Tasty Waves strives to be a destination

Published 12:34 am, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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  • The focus of Zachary Walitynski of New Milford is entirely on the task at hand as he applies just the right amount of hot fudge to his yogurt at Tasty Waves, along the Village Green in New Milford. Nov. 11, 2012 Photo: Norm Cummings
    The focus of Zachary Walitynski of New Milford is entirely on the task at hand as he applies just the right amount of hot fudge to his yogurt at Tasty Waves, along the Village Green in New Milford. Nov. 11, 2012 Photo: Norm Cummings

 

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Tasty Waves wants to be the cafe in downtown New Milford where everyone gets together.

The new yogurt shop opened its door this month along the Village Green.

"We want this to be where people come, relax and stay for a while -- visit with friends and feel like family," said Michael Terry, who oversees the family-owned business.

Tasty Waves offers self-served frozen yogurt with more than 40 toppings, plus specialty coffee drinks, herbal teas and good cup of joe.

Soft-served ice cream, fruit sorbet and pastries from the American Pie Company in Sherman complete the offerings.

Evan Lundberg, 8, "an expert in frozen yogurt," was enjoying a cup of Mango Tango sorbet combined with strawberry and Specialty Tart frozen yogurt there last week.

His pronouncement -- "real good."

"This shop has more flavors than most of the shops do," said Evan's mother, Kim Lundberg. "Evan's an expert. If he says it's good, it's good."

Not a franchise, Tasty Waves is family-owned by Mr. Terry, his wife, Patricia, and her family, the Lewis family from New Preston.

Mr. Terry is the "oversight" guy but he leaves the day-to-day management of Tasty Waves to family friend Bob Santalesa.

Mr. Santalesa is known by many as "the bagel man," having owned for many years a successful bagel and sandwich shop by the Christmas Tree Shop in Danbury.

"We wanted a true family business, not a corporate-run one where you have to do everything the corporate way," Mr. Terry said.

Comfortable chairs, a relaxing blue and white color scheme and staff who treat customers as guests set Tasty Waves apart from franchised frozen yogurt stores, he said.

Even the name -- Tasty Waves -- comes from Terry and Lewis family lore.

Ten years ago, cousin Patrick came to visit and went to the shore for the first time. Amazed by the taste of salt water in which he was swimming, he commented on it, Mr. Terry recalled.

"Them are some tasty waves," Mr. Terry said he answered Patrick.

The phrase became a catch phrase since used by the family at every beach visit.

When the time came to name their cafe, Tasty Waves was the family's choice.

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Tasty Waves, located at 7 Main St. in New Milford, is open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Earlier morning hours will soon be added for breakfast coffee and pastry sales.