It is hard to believe it’s been over a year since “The Bee” opened its doors. As I type this post, I can’t help but feel grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve our community by doing something I absolutely love!
One of the questions I get asked the most is why I decided to open “The Bee”, and truth be told, not doing it was never an option. I have lived the juice and broth life for the past 15+ years and when my kitchen started to look like a juice shop full of equipment, complete with commercial-size pots of bone broth…I decided it was time to start the journey.
Looking back at my former careers, first as an athlete, then as a corporate executive, I now realize how I’ve been preparing for “The Bee” for a long time. My life has changed drastically over the years, but juice and bone broth have been two constants along the way. When I decided to become a Certified Health Coach, I did it for myself. I would spend hours researching nutrition books and reading online and found that I never grew tired of learning about health and wellness.
As more friends started to ask about my health routine, I started creating custom cleanses and batches of bone broth to assist in their journeys. As they started to feel better and happier, I felt even happier for them! At the time, there wasn’t an organic, cold-pressed juice and bone broth shop in Peoria so I said, “why not?”. I started taking slow steps forward and shared my vision with only a few people. No specific timeline in mind, just a vision of it all in my head…the style, the design and the recipes. And as the universe would have it, the right location came along, the right people crossed my path, and the perfect name was born. The Balanced Bee was official and after a lot of hard work, we had our first customer walk through our door. I will never forget that day, it was “all the feels”, all at once.
Here we are a year later and I wake up every morning excited to share The Bee with others. Mondays are my favorite because I get to meet our weekly cleansers but truthfully, everyday brings me joy as our customers share their hearts and their stories with us. The Bee has become more than a “juice shop”. It’s a place where we share the journey, and that makes my world buzz. I am a true believer that “health comes first”, without it we don’t have anything and I am honored to share our philosophy with others.
The Balanced Bee truly is my heart. We create our products with the intention that they will make you pause from the never-ending demands of this world, sip and nurture yourself, and proceed with a fuller sense of kindness for yourself and others.
Here’s to being a balanced bee!