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This month’s pairing:
Restaurant: Juice Field
Park: Eastway Regional Leisure Middle
Distance between them: 2.5 miles
Kimberly Wilkinson calls it “an epiphany,” her choice 4 years in the past to close down her clothes retailer and open a juice bar in the identical storefront on North Davidson Avenue.
A 2009 graduate of Johnson C. Smith College with a level in enterprise advertising, she had reached a crossroads alongside her entrepreneurial journey; she now not loved trend retail.
“I pivoted effectively,” she says. “I by no means knew what I needed to do, besides work for myself. So if one thing doesn’t work, then it’s like, OK, I’m all the time pondering of one other enterprise concept.”
That “concept” later gave start to The Juice Field, which sells an assortment of health-related drinks and smoothies in an artsy a part of city that Wilkinson characterizes as “granola and yoga.”
About The Juice Field
Deal with: 3100 North Davidson Avenue
Web site: http://www.juiceboxcharlotte.com/
The idea: Wilkinson says her objective is to supply her prospects with wholesome drinks and dietary supplements. “Meals is drugs,” she regularly says, noting that a lot of what we eat incorporates chemical substances, preservatives and synthetic components.
Social distancing: Indoor seating and a small patio area with one desk. Most prospects merely seize and go.
Earlier than she opened: For some time, Wilkinson swore off meats and have become a vegetarian. (She nonetheless avoids pork.) She traveled to Jamaica to study pure juices, after which to California to review the juice-bar enterprise. Lastly, she labored at a juice bar in Charlotte to hone her abilities.
The menu: chilly press juices, smoothies, important photographs, CBD merchandise and nutritional vitamins
High vendor: Smoothies make up about 85-90% of gross sales. They arrive in quite a lot of flavors, with names like NoDa Sprout (coconut milk, kale, spinach, banana and mango), Espresso Break (almond milk, uncooked cacao powder, espresso, hemp seed, plant protein, almond butter and banana) and Inexperienced Machine (natural apple juice, coconut milk, lemon, spinach, kale, banana, pineapple).
The pandemic: As summer season provides strategy to winter, The Juice Field usually sees its gross sales drop off by 50%, Wilkinson says. She compares 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic, to at least one lengthy winter. “It’s ebb and movement proper now,” she provides. “I see a sample of it getting busier, after which it drops off once more.” Wilkinson notes her enterprise is closely reliant on NoDa’s foot site visitors, which has been down this yr.
P.S: The Juice Field, which can have fun its fourth anniversary on Nov. 16, isn’t the one Charlotte enterprise Wilkinson owns. In January she opened Members Solely Tasting Room & Social, a spot in Plaza Midwood providing a collection of beer and wine, specialty cocktails and an upscale meals truck. Read more about Members Only.
A hub for health
For these eager on well being and health, lower than three miles from The Juice Field, the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Division is placing the ultimate touches on its Eastway Regional Recreation Middle, a facility not like something Mecklenburg County has constructed earlier than.
Coming in at 100,000 sq. ft unfold over a number of ranges, the Eastway facility is greater than 3 times bigger than the county’s next-biggest rec middle — the Revolution Regional Sports activities and Studying Academy (at Barringer and Remount roads), that measures simply 30,000 sq. ft.
Ultimately, the county hopes to construct 4 such services, one in every area of Charlotte-Mecklenburg — north, south, east and west.
Lee Jones, park and recreation director, says the objective is all about selling well being and wellness.
“This (middle) provides us the prospect to try this,” Lee notes.” We’re going to have a number of packages. Our precedence is to be multi-generational, in order that younger and outdated will be collectively and take part collectively.”
In regards to the middle
Deal with: 423 Eastway Drive
Web site: https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/EastwayRec
The Idea: Jones describes the middle as a regional hub for well being and health, a spot that may draw residents residing inside a 20-minute drive. Jones mentioned the middle (and every of the subsequent three) will develop health packages and outside actions distinctive to its bodily setting, regional inhabitants and demographics.
Facilities: indoor pool for swimming laps, one other pool for splashing round, basketball courts, train gear, exercise rooms, educated workers and extra.
The setting: The middle is situated throughout the confines of Eastway Park, a 90-acre outside area with strolling trails, neighborhood artwork, disc golf, multi-purpose sports activities fields. (It’s additionally a straightforward stroll from the county’s Briarwood Park.)
The pandemic: Though touchups are nearly accomplished, Jones says Covid-19 stays the wild card. His crew is working with county well being officers to find out when is the proper time to open. He’s hoping it could possibly open throughout the subsequent month or two.
Charges: County residents will pay a month-to-month charge starting from $22 for youth (1-17) to $65 for households. Nonresidents can pay a barely greater worth. Day by day charges additionally might be accessible.