The Great Day Juice Company, owned by Michele Rhodes of Somerset, is a newly opened alternative to the standard food tariff.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “After this past year, we are definitely learning what good health means to many of us.”
Big Day Juice brings cold-pressed and pasteurized vegetable and fruit juices, healthy smoothies and smoothie bowls — including acai bowls — and other healthy options in Somerset. There will be regular snatched food items, in addition to eight to 10 different types of bottled liquid.
“I’ve been in the aid business to make people feel good for years, but I dreamed of providing another way to feel good,” said Rhodes, a veteran hair stylist. “Juices and healthy eating has become a personal passion of mine and I want to share the benefits of fresh and healthy food options with our community.”
Beauty and health
Rhodes previously owned and operated her own beauty salon and worked full time at a local salon. Her newest journey began while she was still the business owner of the Modern Perfection Salon in Somerset. Even though she had created that successful business and career, she was not feeling the same passion for it as she once did.
While working long hours, she found it difficult to feel better and deal with stress. Natural health care and herbal remedies, along with gardening, cooking, and storing crops, have always interested Rhodes.
Then she began to learn what real food was and what it was not. She realized that most of what consisted of the standard American diet was not real food – or once was food, but had since added many chemicals and preservatives to it to be useful.
Moreover, many of the clients sitting in the salon chair constantly talked about their health ailments, always trying to lose weight, feel better, have more energy, or even feel less depressed and more mentally happy. She acknowledged that the struggle for better health was commonplace and that people did not know what to do or did not have the resources to achieve their health goals.
Training on healthy eating
Rhodes decided to close her hair salon and work for someone else in order to give her time to pursue something different. She spent the next five years learning everything she could about holistic health.
She received a certificate as an Integrative Nutrition Health Trainer. She then focused on the food / nutrition end of holistic wellness and received a certification as a culinary nutrition expert and then a certification of juice experts.
Both she and her husband, Bruce, experienced changes not only in their appearance but also in how they felt. She said both acknowledged that real food, not chemical foods, packed with sugar and heavily processed, made a big difference.
According to Rhodes, they both saw the need in Somerset for healthy and convenient opportunities in food service.
Whether it is a light breakfast, snack or lunch, Great Day Juice Co. aims to offer the values of using only ingredients without added chemical preservatives, harvested fairly and consistently without heavy processing. Above all, said Michele and Bruce, the products contain ingredients that can benefit the body instead of further damaging it.
Rhodes bought a building at 253 W. Main St., Somerset, in 2020. Since then, she has worked with Startup Alleghenies to fine-tune her business plan, converting the interior of the building to meet the cool, fresh atmosphere. clean and energetic menu to be provided, and partnerships were established with the Main Street Program and local businesses. She is also an approved beneficiary of the Uptown Somerset Rent Reduction Program, a Somerset Inc. program. which aims to give start-ups the right start.
There is parking along the side of the building and also behind it. Rhodes said he plans to buy many of its ingredients locally.
She focused on this place due to the activity in the city center, proximity to the local school and neighboring businesses.
“We searched for a place for a while before we found this place,” she said. “There is a sense of community in Somerset.
“I hope we continue to grow top-city businesses. There’s a good hometown atmosphere and I like the events.”
Rhodes has plans in the future to offer outsourcing, order online, some outdoor chairs to relax and enjoy a smoothie or juice, and more for the future. Right now, she is leaning into the final stages of opening her own restaurant.
Great Day Juice Co. will offer soft openings this month and will be officially open until early June.