Highland smoothie model JuicyNess is celebrating the opening of its first mounted location in Inverness, seven years after its preliminary launch.
Based by Alison MacKintosh in 2014, JuicyNess provides a variety of freshly pressed smoothies and juices and protein shakes.
The thought to develop the enterprise stemmed from Alison, 34, going by way of a well being transformation and shedding greater than three stone by altering her weight loss program to contemporary selfmade meals and, after all, smoothies and juices, teamed with every day train.
“It was a pure development for me to comply with this newfound ardour and assist others get more healthy,” she mentioned.
And whereas she could have taken seven years to open a everlasting location, at Fairways Retail Park in Inverness, Alison launched a cell smoothie bar, often called Wee Juicy, inside this era.
The success of this enterprise made her sure of the subsequent steps was for the model.
JuicyNess initially began with Alison making and bottling contemporary juices and smoothies within the type of detox packages that had been out there for native assortment and nationwide supply.
“I labored from my kitchen after which moved home to transform a storage right into a workshop house,” she mentioned. “Then, I began doing pop-up juice bars at native occasions and I cherished the face-to-face contact with clients.
“My love of the pop-ups led to me buying a transformed classic horsebox, which I known as Wee Juicy, in 2019 to do extra occasions. That was so nicely acquired I made a decision to take the leap and get a hard and fast location with set days and occasions so that individuals by no means missed out!
“However Wee Juicy will nonetheless be out and about at native occasions regardless of the smoothie bar being open. And I’ll proceed to function from my workshop at dwelling for on-line orders.”
The venue opened its doorways to the general public this week. It will likely be open every day from 9am to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am to 8pm on Thursdays and 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Alison put a suggestion in to buy the unit in March earlier than formally getting the keys in the beginning of August. The house was renovated inside a mere four-week timeframe.
She continued: “It’s been nice to see my imaginative and prescient coming alive in any case these months!
“Location is all the things and ours is in a busy retail park with a lot of passing commerce from neighbouring barbers, hairdressers, driving vary, go-karting, bakers, a journey agent and a fitness center, with loads of free parking proper outdoors, so I’m actually excited.
“Though we have now set opening hours, we are going to monitor buyer demand and open earlier or later if demand is there. I’ve employed two part-time positions to assist me, however I hope to additionally fill a full-time place to deal with the cell aspect of the enterprise at occasions and overlaying shifts on the smoothie bar.”
Recent is finest
With 11 completely different flavours out there on the takeaway menu, with weekly specials, each smoothie and juice from JuicyNess is made and pressed contemporary from entire components.
“In addition to smoothies and juices, there may be additionally a brand new dietary supplements part providing vegan protein superfood shakes, whey protein shakes and a plant-based pre-workout combine,” Alison mentioned. “The smoothie bar will deal with these three areas to enhance what’s already on supply throughout the retail park.”
“We may also have ‘fridge packs’, too, the place clients can select 5 gadgets from the menu to be bottled as much as retailer at dwelling. Once more, these are made contemporary to order and are sealed to lock that in. You simply can’t beat a freshly made juice or smoothie!
“I’m actually pleased with our menu after continuously tweaking recipes through the years.”
The enterprise proprietor makes use of produce from native wholesalers, Swansons Fruit & Greens, who ship to Alison a number of occasions every week.
Trying forward, she hopes to develop the cell aspect of the enterprise now that the smoothie bar is formally open.
“Though JuicyNess has been on the go since 2014 it’s at all times been a little bit of a aspect ardour,” Alison added. “However this yr I took the leap to go full time.
“As an impartial enterprise, it’s scary to take a position a lot in a brand new challenge however I’m excited for this subsequent stage and the place it’s going to take us.
“My family and friends have at all times been so supportive. After seven years, it’s now or by no means to develop and see the place I can take the enterprise and they’re proper there with me.
“With the smoothie bar up and working, we have now huge plans for the cell aspect of the enterprise. Watch this house.”