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Head over to the new organic food store, Juice Karma, in the Gelson’s Village to get a tasty yet healthy treat

Cami Klein - Staff Writer, Photo by Rachel Nebel - Photographer

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While walking through the Gelson’s Village on a hot day, looking for a place to eat lunch can be brutal. But the center’s newest addition makes finding healthy, delicious and convenient snacks a breeze. Juice Karma is a brand new health food and wellness shop featuring super-food packed smoothies, creamy açai bowls and tasty treats that all provide numerous health benefits to customers. Every item sold at the juice bar is organic, non-GMO, 100 percent vegan, 100 percent plant-based, gluten free and locally grown. The name “Juice Karma” comes from owner Alex Chamorro’s belief that what one does today will be a mirror of his or her future.

The smoothie joint, which is already serving customers, plans to make a grand opening in late September. Chamorro first came up with the premise for Juice Karma years ago when he was working as a director for a fortune 500 company. Chamorro was constantly on the move, traveling across the United States. During his travels, Chamorro found it impossible to find healthy options when he was not preparing food within the comforts of his own home.

“I promised myself that if I ever had an opportunity to offer food to others that was healthy—but more importantly convenient—I would give it a shot,” said Chamorro. “The goal of the company is to protect the environment and have a minimal carbon footprint while providing organic, non-GMO, plant based food that is locally sourced whenever possible.”

Juice Karma strives to provide Calabasas residents with their health kick without giving up any of the flavor. One of Chamorro’s favorite items sold is the mint chip smoothie. This unique and delicious beverage combines mint with other natural flavors to create a smooth drink with the consistency of a milkshake.

“What I like about what we are offering, like the mint chip, is that it tastes just like mint chip ice cream, but without the ‘bad stuff’,” said Chamorro.

He is also a fan of the delicious açai bowls that can be tailored to customers’ desires, and the signature drink “The Ultimate Karma.” The name of this drink combines Juice Karma with Chamorro’s wife’s business, Ultimate Skin, the tenant next door.  Juice Karma also prides itself on its expanding list of super-foods and Chinese medicines that have been incorporated into its products.

“I am really blown away by the fact that people [of high school age] are really into the healthy stuff and green juices,” said Chamorro.

The Juice Karma staff plans to receive feedback on what their customers like and do not like. From there, the dedicated employees will adapt their menu to include the items most desired and enjoyed by customers.

“Juice Karma allows me to deisgn my own açai bowls and smoothies with ingredients that I love,” said junior Lexi Barry.

One concern addressed by Chamorro is what makes Juice Karma stand out from other juice and smoothie bar stores such as Sunlife, Ubatuba, Pressed Juicery and Erewhon.

“What makes us different is that we are 100 percent organic, non-GMO, vegan, plant based, gluten free, and locally grown,” said Chamorro, “Another aspect that makes Juice Karma stand out from competitors is that we are serious about what we do but we do not take ourselves too seriously. We want to hear what [customers] want, we are friendly, and tailored to what our customers love.”

22267 Mulholland Hwy
Calabasas, CA 91302

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