A whimsical little place sits off of 80th Street and State Line Road. A lower case “T” hangs above the door.
By RENEE KELLY
Upon entering there is a calm about the space, with light colors and clean lines. The adornment of soft shabby chic rugs and throw pillows creates a light environment. It’s nicely disarming in this “Starbucks” world.
The t. Loft is completely different than the corporate monotony we are all used to. They serve beautiful aromatic teas, juices, gluten free snacks and smoothies.
Everything is under one roof to keep all of us beautiful and healthy. The atmosphere mirrors those choices with soft nuances like woven baskets, white wash benches and a “promise to myself” mantra from Christian D. Larson … “I promise … to live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.”
The t. Loft screams, “You get me and I’m fabulous!” Even the gluten free snacks are lavishly displayed like chocolate truffles in a beautiful case, affirming every choice at t. Loft is quite possibly a good one.
Owner Jill Minton has successfully created a place for the community to refuel while choosing healthy items and re-entering the world a bit more refreshed. Her passion comes from a personal place of learning to live the gluten free life. She has obviously chosen a beautiful way to celebrate her choices and all of ours to be healthy.
The juice of my choice is the Green Chia Machine with cucumber, celery, spinach, apple and lemon with chia seeds sprinkled on top. It’s like a healthy bubble tea. The chia seeds delightfully soften just enough to actually chew the juice and keep the fabulous flavor on the taste buds a bit longer. Marvelous.
Another taste tantalizing treat I seem to crave is the Coconut Almond Late. The smooth frothiness begs for recognition as if it were made with regular milk. But no, it is lusciousness comes from house-made almond milk and freshly steeped coconut cacao black tea.
Move over the typical chai tea late, this is 1,000 times better. It is a long lost treat for dairy free lovers.
As an avid juicer and tea drinker plus business owner, it’s almost like the t. Loft gets “I’m busy.” They even offer a cleanse package: four juices, one almond milk, one salad and one protein ball per day for only $55. Now there are no excuses to stay clean, healthy, and of course feel beautiful.
Minton graciously explains, “It is our mission to meet people wherever they may be (in their life) and offer support and inspiration to get them to where they want to be in their health and wellness journey. We are extremely grateful for the support this community has given us and remain continually inspired by them.”
t. Loft may be coming a bit closer to you with their new store at Park Place at 5225 W. 116th Place in Leawood on Feb. 7. If you are new to juicing or an old hat, t. Loft should be your next stop.
It is a place that makes juicing and tea a cool, lifestyle, rather than a trend. It feels like an indulgence to choose a bit healthier stuff, a little pat on the back for making the right choice. Like wearing that pair of shoes every day that people notice, because they are so fabulous.
Chef Renee’s Favorite Juice:
1 bunch Kale washed and stem removed
1 green apple cored
1 lemon, peeled
1 piece ginger, 1-inch nub
3 stalks celery
For more information, go to t. Loft’s website.
Renee Kelly is the owner of Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Johnson County. Her passion lies in changing the food system, one plate at a time. Her inspiration is Mother nature and the many growers in the Kansas City area.