Q: How much money did you have to come up with?
A: I had a $30,000 loan from my mother and bought a lot of used equipment. We sanded the floor here and and painted the place. It was a vacant food store.
Q: There are other juice bars in the city. What's special?
A: Everything is natural, all-fresh ingredients. I try to buy as much ingredients from my local co-op or other co-ops [as] I can. If I could, everything would be organic and locally sourced but we're trying to keep costs in line and also grow the business.
Q: The popular flavors?
A: We sell 500 made-to-order drinks per week. The green smoothie is by far the most popular thing we sell, which is spinach, kale, banana, mango and honey.
Q: Your customers?
A: The customer base is like Mount Airy in that it's a big melting pot. Some come for a good smoothie, others come because they have a health condition and want a natural drink.
Q: How big a biz is this?
A: My brother works with me part time and he's really a partner. He's trying to help me implement some ideas to go forward and he's been making pita and hummus in the kitchen. We make everything here. I have two other part-time employees.
Q: How's revenue shake out?
A: Smoothies and juices make up most of it. The green smoothies alone are about 25 percent of what we sell. The rest is divided between smoothies and juices mostly; plus soups and a little pita, hummus and some snacks. Last year, we did $70,000 in revenue. I'd love $100,000 this year.
Q: Biggest challenge?
A: Right now it's keeping our old refrigerators running. Staying on top of finances is another since I don't have a business background and put together a business plan after the fact.
Q: What's next?
A: We started bottling juices and I bought a cold-press juicer. We'll be selling them at both Weavers Way co-ops and see how they move. I also sell bottled smoothies on the Foolish Waffles food truck. We also want to do catering for businesses and explore other food options here.
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