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Community Highlights: Meet Jessica Melgar of Jugitos.la

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Melgar.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started juicing thanks to my old job I worked in the deli and I hadn’t juiced before till I had this job and one thing that made it fun working there was the unlimited access to fruits and veggies that I could juice. I would come up with different juice recipes at work just to pass time and post on my Instagram before I actually made my business page. Once I had finally quit I knew the only thing I was going to miss about my old job was juicing! The idea of opening up my own small business began when my coworkers brought up how ginger shots helped them out so much when they had Covid and they suggested that since I already knew how to juice and new recipes that I started my own business, it was that day that made me think should I really open up my own business, I would question myself as to who would even buy from me until I actually brought one on Amazon, created my page, and announced on my social media. If it wasn’t for that conversation at work maybe jugitos.la wouldn’t be here today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There has definitely been struggles as a business owner since everything is all new to me. Nobody in my family owns a business so I’m teaching myself everything there is to know about running a business myself. I’ve been lucky to be able to get help from my graphic designer @spacehoes that has directed me in the right path to how I want my brand to look and many other small business that have shared their knowledge of business with me. When it comes to jugitos.la I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I catch myself sometimes comparing myself to other big juicing companies but I’ve learned to trust the process of my own business. Being a full-time college student and working while still owning a small business can be a lot to handle sometimes but definitely worth it!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Jugitos.la is a Salvadorian women-owned business that started in 2020. My goal is to show my Latino community the importance of health and wellness through juicing. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood that is considered “food desert” the people there have more access to liquor stores than healthier options. Living in poverty increases our chances to poor health and that is the reason for jugitos.la to make a difference in the la community by boosting their immunity; what sets us apart from other juicing companies is that we started this business from scratch and I’ve experienced a lifestyle that has shown me that I want more for myself and my community. When jugitos.la makes it and finally opens a juice storefront that’ll mean I’m able to give back to my community that raised me. We have a variety of options from cold-pressed juices, detox water, and shots. We have bundle deals on Detox juices cleanses and shots.

Pricing:

  • Detox juice cleanse range from (1) day cleanse $45 (2) day cleanse $85 (3) day cleanse $115
  • Ginger and wellness shots $3 each
  • Detox water $6
  • Juices vary from ($7-$9)

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Jugitos.la

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