We are living in a new age in Glasgow.
No longer are kebabs and chippies top priorities of Glasgow’s great and good – instead, it’s juices and acai bowls. Didn’t you hear? Health is now top of the agenda.
Well, of course there will always be a space for kebabs and chippies in Glasgow – it is Glasgow after all.
But it would be unwise of us to imply that health is no longer the first thing on everyone’s minds, especially after the last year or so that we have all had. And, because Glasgow is full of great entrepreneurs with fabulous energy and innovation, our high streets and hot spots are reflecting that.
So in that vein, let us turn our attention to Juicy, the newest addition to Byres Road.
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Juicy, and its owner Fallon Carberry, have firmly put their stake in the health-food ground. The cafe, which is adorned in hanging foliage and greenery, is a little oasis in one of Glasgow’s busiest streets.
Boasting a menu that is bursting full of super-foods and power products, Juicy’s main export will be cold-press Juices with names like ‘The Curer’, ‘Mother Earth’, ‘Dirty Detox’ and ‘Zen AF’, acai bowls, immune boosting wellness shots and superfood lattes.
(Image: Carla Jenkins.)
All are packed full of power-ingredients, and are said to improve things like joint health, digestion or low energy.
Juicy will also sell hot and cold food of the more solid variety like smashed avocado on sourdough and Buddha bowls – salad bowls full of ingredients boasting goodness.
So where did this all come from? Owner Fallon says that she was motivated when she changed her own lifestyle towards an outlook saturated with health and wellbeing.
“Before lockdown I changed my lifestyle” Fallon explained. “I started training every day, eating healthier and my mindset just changed. I felt much better, had more energy and started making juices at home.”
Fallon, who also owns the BLOW hair salons dotted around the city, found that on her trips to London for training with work she was spotting more juice bars popping up.
“I love the energy of the places… they were like social clubs but not revolving around drinking in pubs. I wanted to make a place that was fun, and make healthy fun again in Glasgow.
“I’m hoping for Juicy to be a place where people can meet their friends and go on dates and things like that – that sometimes you feel have to be in a pub or in a beer garden, because there is no other option.
“I guess there is a stigma – people think healthy is boring, so we want to make the food look fun, vibrant, interesting. That’s why we gave things the quirky, fun edge – it’s still got a cheeky Glasgow character, and people love that.
“I love that you can build your own bowls – you can try new things if it’s in front of you, like beetroot hummus. I don’t want it to be a totally vegan place or anything, we don’t encourage a certain diet, but we want to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
“Our foods are full of superfoods – antioxidants and detoxifyers. It just gives that added boost, and an extra healthy edge.”
Fallon has used social media as a tool in her arsenal for success, and it goes hand in hand with Juicy. Every area of the cafe is instagrammable, down to the food. As she explains, Instagram is your shop window.
“Social media is my hobby, but I knew that we wanted to make everything as bold as possible that you couldn’t forget it. I love making videos and creating a buzz and that’s how we built Blow. Even TikTok is getting bigger, so we’re capturing everything – even behind the scenes.
“People want to know where their food is coming from and how its getting handled. They want to see the chef chopping it up, the kitchen it’s made in.”
The cafe will be open from 8am until 8pm, with Fallon hoping Juicy will become a hub at the centre of Glasgow’s growing wellness community.
“We want to open in communities and make it so that you know you can get the same food and drink in different places in Scotland. I want this to be a hangout as it’s cosy and you don’t need to come and drink – get a superfood latte, have a raw cake. We are encouraging people to come and work here too.
“I just think during lockdown everyone realised that health is wealth, and we need to look after ourselves. People started exercising more, running more. They started looking after themselves more.
“The pandemic gave people a fright, so now is the time to open up something like this. I know what people want, especially with being in Blow. I knew it would work.”
Juicy opens on Friday, May 14. Find Juicy on Instagram at @juicy_uk_