A healthy addition to Aspen’s take out scene with Jus Aspen
An ex-attorney-turned-saltwater fishing professional and a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef have paired up to open a juice bar and cafe in Aspen.
Jus Aspen founders Tamara Petit and Leigh Davison teamed up to start a business that “Aspen really needed,” according to health-conscious locals like Alexis Ahrling.
“We needed a healthy food place with great things that are to go,” Ahrling said.
Ahrling said there are tons of healthy-food places in California, where she’s originally from, and in Boulder, where she recently lived.
Jus Aspen makes everything from wraps, sandwiches and salads to smoothies, juices and acai bowls, all in house, using locally sourced ingredients, Davison said.
“We just want to promote a healthy living, especially being here in Aspen and with everything that Aspen has to offer,” Petit said. “I think we really fit in with the surroundings.”
Growing up in the Caribbean having fresh fruit, vegetables and juices as a dietary staple was something Petit missed upon parting ways with her island home.
“It’s good to give your body a rest from having to digest all the time,” Petit said of juicing. “Your body doesn’t have to fight as hard when you’re juicing. Plus, all of the nutrients go directly into your cells.”
Jus Aspen’s 12 fruit and vegetable juices are prepared fresh daily and bottled to go for convenience.
The juice bar also offers a one, three or five-day cleanse that replaces solid food with juice.
On Thursday, local Olga Lukashevich revisited Jus Aspen to increase the duration of her cleanse from three days to five days because she said she was having “an awesome experience.”
“The girls are amazing here,” Lukashevich said.
Together, Petit and Davison – who met in summer 2013 as teammates on the co-ed softball team “Sons of Pitches” — come up with all of the recipes for the food, smoothies, juices and flavored nut milks.
“We try to find ways to make cool products that have all the health benefits,” Davison said.
In addition to the cafe’s staple items, Jus offers an eclectic assortment of homemade goods — including jarred pickles, marinated olives, jams and “protein balls,” which consist of rice protein powder, wildflower honey, flax and chia seeds, and whatever other flavors Davison is feeling that day.
“I make it up on the spot,” Davison said, whether it’s chocolate, coconut or blueberry pie.
“It’s great to have a very affordable place to go to get healthy food,” self-proclaimed Jus regular Erik Burg said, adding that, “the owners are very knowledgeable and helpful.”
Resident Molly Hemler said, “We need more places like this in Aspen.”
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