Simple Science Juices — grab-and-go healthy juices, snacks and entrees — continues to expand across the metro.
It had a grand opening Friday for its new shop in the 1914 Main Apartments at 1914 Main St. in the Crossroads Arts District.
A new Brookside location, at 112 W. 63rd St. in the former home of Flowers by Design, is scheduled to open in July.
Simple Science Juices’ founder — professional soccer player Steve Spangler — started the company to “share, educate and provide healthy, nutritional foods” for others. He said cold-press juicing is a two-step process: Grind the produce into pulp so no nutrients are lost, then take the pulp and put it on a hydraulic press to slowly apply 1,800 pounds of pressure.
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His first shop opened in July 2015 at 8126 Floyd St. in Overland Park.
Along with juices, the shops now sell a variety of items, including “healthy staple snacks” like paleo bars, BBQ trail mix, cereal and sweets (all gluten-free and dairy-free). Simple Science Juices also has grab-and-go items like kale hummus, chia parfaits, beef bone broth, salads, soups and entrees like wild-caught salmon on organic quinoa.
Spangler and his partner Ken Martin also are looking at sites in Fairway and south Leawood.
Flowers by Design, which was founded in 1997, closed in Brookside in late April after five years at 112 W. 63rd St. The owners blamed an increase in rent by Brookside’s new owners, as well as a change in business format to “delivery-only, studio-based” without a retail component.
“Our industry is just changing, so we are going to try to change with it,” said Megan Dimond, who owns the business with her mother, Ruth Dimond.