With a colorful atmosphere, freshly made cold-pressed juices and an all-natural menu, Kol Juice Bar aims to bring a healthy dose of wellness to the Berkeley community.
Kol Juice Bar is located at 1926 Shattuck Ave. and will have its grand opening in October, according to Kimberly Gamble, the shop’s owner.
Kol Juice Bar offers 18 types of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and sorbets, along with a house-made crystal boba consisting of agar, collagen and seaweed, according to Gamble. Unlike many juices on the market, Gamble noted, all of Kol Juice Bar’s offerings are made from organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables without any added sugar, ice or water.
By doing so, Kol Juice Bar is able to offer drinks that retain more nutrition and vitamins, according to Gamble.
“A lot of places that do the cold press juice … get the fruit or vegetable itself and blend it with water, and they strain it,” Gamble said. “But with us, we have a machine that slowly presses the juices itself.”
The juice bar, which had its soft opening in July, shares a space with Cousins Asian Streetfood, which sells homemade rice noodles. Gamble owns both businesses and says the goal of the two establishments is to offer “nice, healthy” food to the community.
After about a year after the opening of Cousins Asian Streetfood, Gamble said she decided to add Kol Juice Bar to spread positivity and wellness. Gamble was inspired by her friends to start Kol Juice Bar after she went on a Food Network competition show and felt burnt out.
“When I went onto the show, I was able to do the dish and everything, but I kind of lost confidence in myself,” Gamble said. “I was really burnt out. I ran into two of my friends last year, and these two brought positive thinking to me. … We put all our ideas together and opened Kol Juice Bar.”
Kol Juice Bar’s menu aims to reflect its fun, positive environment, Gamble added. Working with her friends, Gamble came up with names such as “I Cant Eloupe” for a cantaloupe juice; “I Car Rot about U” for a carrot, passion fruit, orange and ginger drink as well as “Son of a Peach” for a peach, kiwi and strawberry sorbet.
Kol Juice Bar also has a colorful walkway and patio with a “secret garden” that customers can enjoy, according to Gamble.
“We just want to bring a smile to everybody,” Gamble said. “We see a lot of people walk into the juice bar … it brings something good into their life that day.”