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Out and About: Gloria Greider

Out and About: Gloria Greider
Even in the winter, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt is a place where people can find some form of warmth, a positive and fun experience—and delicious frozen yogurt! Gloria Greider, the owner of Menchie’s, makes sure that anyone who walks into the shop feels welcomed with a warm smile and a friendly greeting.

Located in the Stop & Shop Plaza at 1095 Kennedy Road in Windsor, Menchie’s offers more than a dozen ever-changing flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt: from mango and mocha fudge to pineapple and peanut butter brownie. Toppings include sauces and syrups, candies and cookies, fresh fruit and more. In addition to self-serve yogurt, Menchie’s also offers catering, in-store parties and frozen yogurt cakes.
Before opening Menchie’s in 2014, Gloria was a social worker. Seeking a career change, she wanted a business that was straightforward to operate and allowed her to connect with people. “I like working with people, and I had to find something that I believe in, because I can’t sell what I don’t believe,” she says. “Menchie’s is a very simple concept: we make you smile.”

Gloria says the best thing about owning Menchie’s is it keeps her moving around and connecting with customers and employees. “I love my team members, and I don’t like sitting at a desk,” Gloria says. “I’m up and around, not just here at the store, but out in the community. I’ve met a lot of people.”
Gloria describes one of the primary challenges of owning a frozen yogurt franchise in Connecticut: “The weather is always a factor. You can’t control it!” Although she had never run a business before, Gloria says, “I learned very quickly what works and what doesn’t work.” Her husband, Bill, is her business partner; he handles all of the financials while Gloria operates the store. After almost five years at Menchie’s, Gloria has proven she can meet the challenges. “There are way more positives than negatives. You just have to keep moving forward.”
Gloria, an active member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, serves on its board of directors. She regularly attends Chamber networking events and frequently partners with other businesses for events and fundraisers. She says her involvement with the Chamber has helped her build her business and create relationships with other local businesses. “The Chamber was very, very instrumental in helping me grow my business.”

Gloria is also an involved member of the Windsor community who works with Windsor Public Schools on events that benefit the schools. “We’ve done art shows, and fundraisers for all the different clubs and sporting events.” As a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor/Windsor Locks, Gloria oversees their Student of the Month program, which recognizes students from Windsor, Windsor Locks and East Granby High Schools for academics and community service.

A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Gloria lives in South Windsor and also works as a lacrosse referee. She loves Windsor because of its diversity. “It’s such a different community. It has people from all walks of life who are very welcoming, warm and genuine, and willing to help you.”

As the temperatures drop, Gloria invites one and all to stop by Menchie’s for a smile and a treat. Currently, Menchie’s is offering a Winter Kid’s cup for $3.99 and a Free Mutt Mix for your pet (with purchase). In March, Menchie’s will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and Gloria looks forward to continuing to be a big part of the Windsor community.

By Aretha Prabawa
January 2019


Events

Diabetic Support Group
Jun 18 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Kick-Off to Summer Art Week
Jun 18 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Evolution of Bradley Airport
Jun 19 at Windsor Historical Society
Lunch & Learn: Business Financing
Jun 19 at Hilton Garden Inn, 555 Corporate Dr
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jun 20 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Strawberry Festival
Jun 22 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Windsor Art Center Tag Sale
Jun 22 at Windsor Art Center
Call for Artists - Member Show
Jun 23 at Windsor Art Center
Keney Park PGA jr. League
Jun 23 at Keney Park Golf Course
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jun 24 at Windsor Art Center Studios
How to Hire Top Talent
Jun 24 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Ave
Monday Morning Book Club
Jun 24 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series - Planet of the
Jun 25 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jun 27 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Mid-20th C. Tiki Drinks & Culture!
Jun 28 at Windsor Historical Society
Christopher Martin Art Show
Jul 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist’s Watercolor Day
Jul 1 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movies Series
Jul 2 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Christopher Martin's Art Reception
Jul 6 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 9 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jul 10 at Northwest Park, Lang Rd, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Art Center - Member Show
Jul 13 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Garden Club Garden Tour
Jul 13 at Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 15 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Diabetic Support Group
Jul 16 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Jul 16 at Windsor Public Library
National Hot Dog Day
Jul 17 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jul 17 at Windsor High School J113
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jul 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Windsor Art Center - Artist Talk
Jul 20 at Windsor Art Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 22 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Jul 22 at Windsor Public Library
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jul 25 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 29 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Photojournalist Jessica Hill Art
Aug 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 1 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 5 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monster Madness Art Day
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Summer Movie Series
Aug 13 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 14 at Edward Jones, Poquonock Ave, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 15 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT