Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Clow.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Melanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The first time I did a detox, it was a liver flush, and it changed my life. I lost an entire size in my clothing, my skin started glowing, I had energy and felt happy and confident. It was amazing to say the least. Then in 2010, I got very sick with a parasite that sent me into stage 3 adrenal fatigue, once again I turned to my diet and juicing for answers and once again, I lost all the weight, I reset my hormones, and I felt energetic and confident! Health became my passion and I have been studying it ever since. I thought a health-conscious juice bar would be the best way to help as many other people as I could find their health and happiness. I am now just finishing up my holistic health coaching classes and will be offering guided detox programs through Channel Islands Juice Company!
Great, 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?
From the start, it was not a smooth road at all. The city of Ventura’s permitting department took nearly six months just to get my permits back to me when it should only take 6-8 weeks. They tried to charge us for things that were already included in the original building plans. I had to go in their office and fight for my rights almost every week. Channel Islands Juice Co. opened the day after the mudslides took place in Montecito, which made it a rather dark time here in Ventura. I decided to push on for the sake of health and finally the business began to grow. Everything was going pretty well, and then COVID hit. I had to make some big decisions about shutting our doors or staying open and helping our customers stay healthy, which we did, and although it has been really tough, I’m glad I did it! People need healthy options now more than ever, and I am determined to keep providing the community with raw, organic, locally sourced ingredients!
Channel Islands Juice Company – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Channel Islands Juice Company is a juice bar that uses only organic produce which is locally sourced when possible. We offer raw organic snacks, juice, nut mylks, kombucha, and coffee. We use only the best quality ingredients and use best practices to keep our business as green as possible. I am the most proud of C.I. Juice Co.’s team because of our dedication to helping the health of our planet and that of our community. In the end we can only be as healthy as our planet, which is why we use glass bottles and jars to serve our products in, and we will buy them back to reuse. We stand apart from the rest because I will only make products that I myself would eat or drink. And I am extremely picky about what I allow into my body. I would rather close my doors than use ingredients that I felt were unhealthy. Because we don’t pasteurize or use a centrifugal juicer, our juices flow with Prana. Prana is the life force energy within ourselves and within every living thing. Every food has a life force energy, and when we heat it or add in chemicals we kill it, and then we are putting dead ingredients into our bodies. This is why we have a tendency to carry “dead weight”, or have low energy. Try real living raw food for a week and you will notice the difference in how you feel.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
That’s a really hard one to answer. Over the past three years, there have been so many accomplishments that I am proud of, and so many things that have been extremely difficult that I have had to over come. I would say the most recent thing I am proud of is completing my holistic health life coaching course, and I can’t wait to offer more detailed health plans for our customers. I have been working endlessly on this group detox program and I am super excited to get it launched!
- 7 day Group detox program $275
- 1 day Juice Cleanse $65
- Address: 291 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
- Website: www.cijuice.co
- Phone: 805-667-8500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @cijuiceco
- Facebook: @cijuiceco
- Twitter: @Islandsjuice
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/channel-islands-juice-company-ventura
Jennifer Brenneman @nosimsheart