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Beet Box: Healthy Eating Made Simple

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This month we are partnering with Beet Box Produce. Their mission is to make healthy eating simple by offering chef-cooked prepared meals, fresh produce boxes and healthy local groceries delivered right to your home. By partnering with a variety of organic Kentucky farmers, they are able to support local farmers and get their nutritious, delicious food out for you to try. 

Beet Box began in 2014 as a produce delivery service, providing local and organic produce. It wasn’t until 2016 they began meal preparation into their delivery service. In 2018 they opened a store front and built a full commercial kitchen. Michelle Darnall, owner of Beet Box, describes their inventory as a lot of hard to find items, things that you would not walk in and find at your local grocery store.

Beetbox is open Monday through Friday 10-6. Alongside of their prepared meals and grocery delivery subscription, Beet Box has a large store front allowing for pop up shops, local artist events, class series, etc. This local business here in the heart of Bowling Green has a passion for connecting with the community and supporting other small businesses. 

Want to try out Beet Box? Use the code “newbie” to save 20% off of your first delivery. 

 

 

Getting Zesty – Interview with Emma Napier

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Happy August! Each month for the rest of the year, Ment is partnering with a local business on our blog and social media accounts. This month is Zest Juice for Life, owned by Emma Napier: a 24-year-old from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The local juice shop located in the heart of the downtown scene has many flavors of tasty, healthy juice and they promote a healthy lifestyle in everything they do. 

Emma Napier, a graduate from Western Kentucky University, got her start working in an office for a national company in a corporate office. She was teaching spinning at The Spot next door to what would be her future business as well. She loved her coworkers and the work she was doing but disliked the stuffy and strict culture that was in her cubicle-filled office. “I soon realized that sitting at a desk was not for me,” she recalls.  

                             

Emma knew the previous owner of Zest from her job at The Spot and soon became friends with her. From this friendship, she fell in love with juice. She would drive all the way across town to get juice from the original Zest, the home of the former owner. The owner mentioned selling the business and asked if she knew of anyone who was interested. Emma knew instantly that this was the perfect opportunity to transition out of the cubicle and bought Zest Juice for Life. 

One of Emma’s favorite things about owning Zest is the amazing small business community located in Bowling Green. While she is a fairly new business owner, owners from all over town have offered to help her. “Bowling Green has such a thriving community of small business owners and truly want to see each other succeed,” she notes. She says learning a lot from so many people who have been in the same shoes as her. She has gotten to work with and collaborate with some of them and says they have helped her create her space, the logo, the menu boards, and more. 

  

Of course, I had to ask Emma what her -ment word was, which is a little something we do here at Ment by picking your favorite word with -ment as the subject and having it describe you, such as experiment, achievement, nourishment. Emma said her word was encourage-ment. She aims to be a smiling face to anyone who walks through the doors of Zest, and hopes her encouraging spirit keeps people coming back for years to come. 

Emma’s favorite juice she sells is kickin’ carrot, a juice that contains apple, ginger, and the star: carrots. Other juices you can find at Zest include Kale Yeah!, Jolly Green, Happy Beet, or my favorite, Hula Hooch. 

Check Emma and the rest of the Zest team out on their Instagram: @zestjuiceforlife