Pinkberry employee Alexis Magee hands yogurt samples to customers.

During a trip to California, sisters Courtney and Celie Stumm fell in love with Pinkberry frozen yogurt, which was dubbed by The Los Angeles Times as "the taste that launched 1,000 parking tickets." The sister act decided to bring Pinkberry (300 Canal St.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; to New Orleans. "We've always liked to say ... that our favorite things are New Orleans, our family and food," Courtney Stumm says, "and this is the perfect way to bring all those three together."

  The Stumms weren't the only locals smitten with Pinkberry's tangy frozen yogurt. Since opening its Magazine Street location in April, the franchise has accumulated a following of loyal fans who keep the store busy even on a Sunday afternoon during a Saints game. Some of those fans happen to be rather high profile. "The mayor's in here almost two or three times a week like clockwork," employee Nate Winner says. "He loves this place." The Doobie Brothers were also spotted at the Canal Street location while in town for the Gretna Heritage Festival.

  With a wide variety of toppings and yogurt flavors, combinations are nearly endless. Toppings include an array of fruits, nuts, cereal, brownie and granola, and combinations range from Fruity Pebbles with Mango to coconut yogurt with strawberry and pineapple toppings that tastes like a pina colada. All flavors are made with nonfat milk and yogurt, and all the fruit is cut fresh daily.

  Pinkberry aficionados now have the option of bringing home their frozen yogurt by the pint. Pinkberry also offers a parfait and a new fruit bowl, for those who would rather have more fruit than yogurt.

  Winner's favorite thing about working at Pinkberry is "the energy and the atmosphere." "I mean, it's frozen yogurt," he says. "How bad of a mood could a customer [be] in to get frozen yogurt?"