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Aloha from Allen, TX Owner Paul Russom poses in front of the grass skirted counter of Coconut Cup

Where North Watters Road meets Highway 121 lays Coconut Cup Frozen Yogurt, an island-inspired frozen yogurt shop unlike most.

Beyond the doors of the red brick building, the walls alternate between strips of bamboo and tiles of varying shades of blue. The counter is skirted in long, brown grass as if it could start dancing the hula any minute. Tiki men are drawn on chalkboards in bright green, pink and turquoise. Machines lining the wall dispense frozen yogurt into coconut halves.

“I wanted to create an atmosphere that was completely different from every other frozen yogurt shop,” owner Paul Russom said.

Coconut Cup incorporates a Hawaiian theme from its menu to its décor and everything in between.

“When you’re here it’s more of an adventure instead of just going to eat yogurt,” Russom said.

The shop opened its doors on July 4, 2014. In addition to frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings, Coconut Cup serves a few exclusively Hawaiian treats.

Russom said that Coconut Cup is the only frozen yogurt shop that serves Hawaiian style shave ice.

The shave ice comes in large plastic cups in flavors such as blue coconut and pina colada, and is served on top of ice cream.

Dole whip, a soft serve, non-dairy ice cream makes a rare appearance in Coconut Cup’s machines.

“[Dole whip] is served only at Disneyland and Disneyworld resorts, or you can get it at the Dole plantation, and we have it here,” Russom said.

Consequently, Dole whip is one of the most popular frozen treats at the shop.

“I always tell people, ‘I saved you a trip!’” Russom said.

Between the frozen yogurt, Dole whip, Dole whip floats, shave ice and gelato, Coconut Cup is certainly unlike the typical frozen yogurt shop.

“We make it better than what somebody else could, because we have no rules here,” Russom said.

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