Juice bar to open in Lightfoot next month

Staff writer

Free Range Juice will welcome juicing aficionados and beginners when it opens in James City County’s Lightfoot Crossing shopping center next month.

But what is juicing? Co-owner Kelsey Sanders said customers can expect to find natural, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices without any added sugars, along with smoothies, wheatgrass shots and tumeric and matcha lattes.

“The benefit of juicing is that having a juice gives your system a nice reset because your body doesn’t have to work so hard to process the nutrients that are in real fruits and vegetables,” Sanders said.

Sanders owns the store with Lauren Hallczuk and Katy Henderson, who also owns Studio South yoga next door to the juice bar. After meeting at the yoga studio, the three decided that they wanted to create a space for Greater Williamsburg residents to find healthy and affordable foods that follow their philosophy of “real food, no judgement.”

“We’re all so busy running around, and it’s so easy to fall off the wagon healthy eating-wise,” she said. “We wanted our place to be somewhere that you can come in, and maybe you don’t know anything about juice or maybe you’ve been juicing for 25 years; we want to meet you right where you are.”

Free Range Juice will occupy an 1,800-square-foot storefront with a juice bar and ample seating for customers, she said. The owners are actively hiring and training staff and aim to open the store with five to six part-time employees. Free Range will also feature customer loyalty and monthly membership programs for repeat customers.

“If someone knows that they want to do one cleanse a month or six juices a month, we can set up a membership for them, auto-charge their card and they’ll get a one or three-day cleanse at a reduced price,” Sander said.

Free Range Juice will be located at 410-G Lightfoot Road. For more information, visit freerangejuice.com.

Panera Bread recently opened in the Lightfoot Marketplace shopping center. The fast-casual bakery and cafe is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features a drive-through. The Lightfoot Panera occupies a 4,800-square-foot space in the shopping center, according to a news release from Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announcing the restaurant’s lease agreement.

For more information, call the restaurant at 757 345-7222.

Local consulting engineering firm VHB recently won an honor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia for its work to restore Carter’s Grove Plantation in James City County.

The award was presented at the ACEC Virginia’s 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala earlier this month, according to a county news release. The 486-acre plantation was purchased by Chicago businessman Samuel M. Mencoff, who sought to restore and preserve the site.

VHB partnered with Greater Williamsburg firms David A. Nice Builders Inc. and Cox Powell Corporation, along with Rhode Island’s Kirby Perkins Construction for the project, which won in the Survey, Mapping, Special Projects category, according to the release. In total, 16 Virginia engineering firms were recognized at the awards ceremony.

According to the release, VHB developed a master restoration plan and led the design of more than 15 projects on the plantation, including work to improve 1 mile of internal roads and the addition of a storm drain and stormwater management system to handle runoff.

VHB also used drones to generate high-resolution videos and topography of the site which were later used to generate 3-D models of Carter’s Grove Plantation.

VHB has 29 locations along the East Coast in addition to its Williamsburg office, which opened in 1980.

For more information about the awards, visit acecva.org/engineering-excellence-awards. For more information about the local VHB firm, visit vhb.com/Pages/Offices/williamsburg-virginia.aspx.

Local real estate agency Williamsburg Realty has announced its highest performing staff members for January, with Realtor Jane Potter taking home the agency’s Top Producer award for the month.

For more information, visit williamsburgrealtyofva.com.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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