Word on the Street: Shots Energy Bar opens in Clovis

Fresno Bee staffOctober 13, 2013 

Clovis has a new coffee shop with a modern twist and a jolt of energy.

Alexandra Ireland, 25, of Fresno opened Shots Energy Bar a month ago in a small drive-thru location on the northwest corner of Shaw and Helm avenues.

"I wanted to take the coffee-shop industry and put a young, modern twist on it," said Ireland, who grew up in Seattle, the nation's coffee capital, and got her first job as a barista.

If you're a coffee lover you'll find the usual espresso drinks and lattes at the coffee bar. If you want some fun try the bar's creative drinks such as the popular banana whacker, a caramel, vanilla and banana drink with shots of espresso.

Those looking for a kick of energy can order off the stamina menu, juices infused with 51 Fifty Energy drinks. Non-coffee lovers can stop by for fruit smoothies and hand-shaken iced teas pumped up with whey protein, soy protein or multivitamins.

Ireland said she wanted to cater to everyone, not just coffee drinkers.

The shop has 10 employees, mostly Fresno State students who work short shifts around their school schedules.

Ireland plans to open 15 stores throughout the Valley in the next five years.

Getting juiced

A new Jamba Juice store in Clovis is the seventh franchise opened in the Fresno area by Whirld Concepts Inc. and its parent company, Wowza Concepts Inc.

The business held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening Friday evening at the store at 1215 Herndon Ave. The owners contributed 20% of sales between 4 and 7 p.m. to the Fresno Grizzlies' "Wild About Reading" children's program.

The chain specializes in fruit smoothies, fresh juices, frozen yogurt, baked goods and sandwiches and wraps. Jamba Juice, founded in 1990, is publicly traded on NASDAQ and has about 830 stores worldwide, almost 500 of which are franchises.

Jamba Juice has more than a dozen stores in the central San Joaquin Valley, including locations in Fresno, Clovis, Sanger, Reedley, Hanford, Visalia, Tulare and Porterville.

Locally grown

Page River Bottom Farm in Reedley is launching a new concept for Community Supported Agriculture groups in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The groups, or CSAs as they are commonly called, are like a produce of the week club. Subscribers sign up and receive a box of farm-fresh produce on a regular basis.

But Page River Bottom Farms is adding a new twist. It will start a CSA for meat products. The program begins Jan. 1.

The CSA will be broken down into two main sizes, the single package and the family package that will be offered once or twice a month.

Both packages are a combination of grass-fed beef, pork and chicken.

Farmer C. Jay Page said the packages will be a combination of 20% steak cuts, 45% roast and braise cuts and 35% ground. The single package is about 11 pounds and the family package is about 17 pounds.

For more information visit the farm's website at www.pageriverbottomfarm.com

 

BoNhia Lee, Robert Rodriguez and Tim Sheehan contributed to this report. It was compiled by Lee. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6495.

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