Opening on June 1 this year, Fresh Mix is seeking to provide an alternative for persons who wish to eat healthy or who have special dietary needs to be able to find good food.
Owner Shamsi Cartwright said the idea was born from some of the health concerns she has in her own family and that some friends have; such as high blood pressure and diabetes among other issues.
She said she wanted to provide healthy meal options; “nothing greasy or fried, but a variety of healthy foods so people are able to have healthy choices.”
She said she worked on setting up Fresh Mix for about six months, funding it all out of pocket.
She said she offers a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, which customers can select based on available options of meats, vegetables and dressings.
She also does a variety of coffee, juice, and Frappuccino, as well as smoothies which the customer can create whatever blend they want from the available fruits and additives, like spinach or kale. They have sugar and alternatives for those with diabetes and will soon also have sugarcane sugar.
Ms. Cartwright noted that business was a little slow at first; however, it picked up as word got out and she had a busy July and some of August, but it slowed again after school went in. She noted that she does see new faces and expects it will continue to grow.
She said Fresh Mix has a Facebook page which is updated regularly with specials, contact information and more.
She said she wants to see her business eventually expand to offer even more variety. Right now, salads are made to order to keep them fresh, but she hopes to offer a true salad bar experience when she has enough regular customers to make it happen.
She said that Fresh Mix offers a comfortable, warm and welcoming environment where persons can sit and eat with friends or take out.
Ms. Cartwright recommends that “anyone starting a new business to not give up and not let the naysayers discourage you. Keep working at it and eventually you can succeed.”