Bedford woman offers goat’s milk yogurt

Bedford’s Leslie Thompson is reaping the sweet rewards of a plan long in the making.

In late September, she opened a frozen yogurt business, Billy’s Frozen Yogurt, located in Derry at 61 Crystal Ave., next to Five Guys.

Hers is reportedly the only such establishment in the nation to offer customers who are lactose intolerant a wealth of flavors based on goat’s milk. Online resources note a digestion time of around 20 minutes for goat’s milk as compared to four hours or more for cow’s milk.

The grand opening was made memorable with live music and a visit by a goat, Isaac, and his owner, Bill, a Dover resident. It was the Dover man who gave Thompson the inspiration to provide a goat’s milk product. She also offered a second free serving of any product to the first 200 customers who purchased one of 14 or more flavorful selections. A raffle for a frozen yogurt party for 10 people was another prize.

Thompson, well aware of the various franchised yogurt businesses in the area – TCBY, Sweet Kiwi, Tutti-Frutti, Orange Leaf and the like – seems to have overcome all the challenges inherent in planning, constructing, permitting, decorating and launching a business.

Nancy Ericson, a friend of Leslie Thompson and a longtime aficionado of frozen yogurt, said that Thompson is a New Hampshire businesswoman that has “from day one” shown the tenacity to turn a dream into a reality and to open the doors of a business that is receiving a warm welcome from the community.

“What I am inspired by has been Leslie’s tenacity from day one to make into reality what started as a notion, a mere brainstorming. She has, almost single-handedly, built her business, been her own contractor and put her heart into transforming the building into the colorful, inviting place it is now,” Ericson said.

For information about Billy’s Frozen Yogurt, call 216-1416 or visit www.facebook.com/billysfrozenyogurt.