The heavens parted the sky when Summer and her husband Mike brought organic juice to Sedona. A much needed addition to the town, this rainbow bright market full of fresh and easy became our go-to place for finely picked whole food sustenance during our stay. An ideal place to grab and go or sit and refresh outside on a picnic table placed within a welcoming planted garden. The menu includes cold-pressed juice, mylks n’ cold brew, smoothies and small bites, including a must order acai bowl. Pretty sure we can guarantee you’ll be stopping here multiple times during your visit so make sure and tell them HOC sent you!
What inspired you to open a juice bar?
Many things and many people. Its been in my heart for years. I have vision boards and manifesting journals loaded with juicey stuff! I was catering an event for Marianne Williamson about a year ago when she was campaigning. After the event something inside of me shifted, It was like that event was what I needed to get into high gear, just being near her inspired me! I had been stagnating a bit, not living my truth and working solely online. I felt so alive working with people again, I felt the calling to merge healthy eating and lifestyle with mind-body awareness, I told my husband that day that I didn't know what was going to happen but it was big. From that point on I had clarity and refined my plan of action.
I grew up in Sedona, I found my soulmate in Sedona, I birthed my son in Sedona. It is sacred to me. It happens to be the home to a lot of beautiful people who understand and appreciate the power of healthy food and organic juice.
How did you get into health food?
My mom and dad we're very into health food. Growing up, I was surrounded by it... Carrot juice, wheatgrass, saunas, enemas, they were total hippies and totally into it all! My mom was doing coffee enemas way before they we're trendy wink emoticon They lived off the grid on a farm where they grew their own food and built their house with no electric tools...
For a while I veered off from what I grew up surrounded by. I went to collage, I tried on a couple masks, healthy food and inward connection led me to shedding the masks and letting my true self shine through. It led me to healing both mentally and physically.
I always new I wanted to work with people and food in some capacity, but it wasn't until working for Matthew Kenney that I was able to find the confidence to really do it. Teaching at his academy forced me to meet my shyness and insecurities. I'll be forever thankful for that exerience.
What event in your life has brought about the greatest life-change? Having my son Henry. Everything changes when you help create life. He brought me to a new level of patience, responsiblity, of self-awareness and inspiration. The moment I conceived I new it, I felt fully connected to myself and god for the first time in years. Children are our best teachers.
Who inspires you?
So many people! I'm very inspired by other woman entrepreneurs, I'm inspired by people doing their best to be their best! I'm inspired by people with clarity.
What is your mission?
To help as many people as possible feel the positive effect of plant-based eating, positive thinking and full body love.
What is your dream meal?
The best gluten free crust (not the cardboard kind) pizza with truffle oil, mushrooms and arugula or a croissant from Tartine. But really, I truly love watermelon, a whole watermelon to my self, that is a hydrating super meal that nature has perfected.
What is your favorite thing on your menu?
I love our Avocado Toast, it has a spicy chipotle dressing on it that just makes everything perfect. Our "Sex in the Desert" Smoothie is epic, it make what our Golden Milk which is loaded with turmeric, my ultimate favorite superfood right now!
If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you want to do today?
Do everything my son wants to do, connect with each person with total presence, breath deeply, sleep under the stars.
What is your ultimate vision for Local?
Local is a springboard for a transformational lifestyle brand. We are in the midst of opening another location on the East Coast . We will also be launching a line of products that will be incredibly nourishing and accessible for people who are making the transition to plant-based eating. There is so much on the table right now, trying to take it slow and grow naturally but also use the inspiration that is abundant right now!
If you could give one gift to your child, what would it be? To know that there is beauty in every moment, feeling, thought, emotion. To not judge anything as bad or good, to simply feel, process and thrive. I would love this for my son, for myself, for all humans.