Being frugal on food won’t pay off. After struggling with health problems for more than one year, Penny Kuenle decided it was time to change her lifestyle.
Instead of taking tests and visiting a handful of doctors each week, Kuenle visited Booster Juice and decided to change her diet.
“They still don’t know what I was sick with—it was an autoimmune disease like cancer or lupus—and they had absolutely no idea what to do with me,” she said. “But I haven’t had any problems since I started doing this.”
This for Kuenle was an unprocessed diet of whole foods and gluten-free products. So successful was the diet she wanted to spread the word and improve the community’s knowledge about the importance of eating healthy foods.
Penny and her husband, Howard, opened up a juice bar in Trail and, like Penny’s diet change, it also became successful. Now the two are looking to increase their healthy reach.
“We’re expanding to have a yogurt shop so people can come in and choose their yogurt and whatever topping they want,” she said. “We’re hoping to open it in two weeks, but it depends how much work we get done.”
The couple is currently using every spare moment to take their business to the next level. New floors need to go in and the counters need to be built, but the duo is optimistic about opening before the end of August.
The Kuenle’s have rented the shop next door to the juice bar on Farwell Street, and are knee-deep in renovations ranging from replacing the floors and painting the walls.
“Right now our life is focused on our business,” Penny said. “We go in there and work before we open up the juice bar, and then we go back after we close.”
The expansion project will allow cliental to choose fruits and add toppings to a healthy snack, and the best part is that prices will vary depending on how much they take.
“The economy is tough right now but that doesn’t mean going to McDonald’s and choosing a $1 snack is good for you,” she explained.
“If people come to our shop they can add their own toppings and they’ll only have to pay for what they take. A lot of people don’t want to pay the same price as others if they’re adding or subtracting from their meals.”
In addition to that, the new yogurt shop will also be selling homemade snacks like chocolate covered cheesecake, chocolate covered bananas, whole fruit popsicles and popsicles with protein.
Got Juiced is located across the street from Ferraro Foods at 875 Farwell St., and are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Monday and Saturday. Contact the Kuenle’s for more information at 368-3380.