Biz Beat: Get a healthy boost at new smoothie shop |

Biz Beat: Get a healthy boost at new smoothie shop

Sara Thompson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneAnnette Lilly, owner of Booster Juice, blends a smoothie at her new business at the "Y."

Fast, healthy food is a concept Booster Juice is bringing to Lake Tahoe.

For years, franchise co-owner Annette Lilly said she wanted to open a store offering quick, healthy alternatives to the normal fast-food chains.

“I wanted something that wouldn’t make people crash,” she said.

Lilly discovered the Booster Juice chain 11Ú2 years ago. The franchise offers an array of different smoothies, made with fruit, 100 percent juice, natural sorbet, nonfat yogurt and herbal supplements (boosters). For food, the store sells wraps, paninis and quesadillas.

Co-owner Mark Lilly said the service is great. “These girls make a smoothie in a minute,” he said.

Annette Lilly said the shop gives high school students healthy options during their lunch break. They can come in, get a healthy lunch and be back to school on time, and they won’t be crashing during class.

“It’s fast food, and it’s good for you,” Mark Lilly said.

Even though the shop has been open for two weeks, along with operating stands at high school basketball games and the South Tahoe Middle School dance, the grand opening will be Saturday.

The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. It’s located at 1070 Emerald Bay Road. For more information, call (530) 544-2844.

The Wide Awake Conscience Cafe opened last week to provide organic alternatives for South Shore residents.

Co-owner Ryan Anderson said co-owners Michelle and Jake Anderson were the brain children behind the operation.

The cafe provides, espresso and imported teas, with breakfast, lunch and dinner in a tapas style. Tapas originated in Spain and are light, savory appetizers that people can share.

The menu Chef Will Coburn came up with is a mesh of his Italian influence with recent restaurants he’s worked for, along with his own flair.

Manager Ryan Dozier says the cafe is a great opportunity to promote organic and sustainable food.

Free wireless Internet also is available at the cafe, along with two computers customers can use.

The cafe is located at 3434 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call (530) 541-7400.

Five Star Ski & Board now is at three locations.

For the season, their new location at 599 Tahoe Keys Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe will be open, along with their shop at 1013 Ski Run Blvd., which moved downstairs in the complex.

The stores offer all the equipment needed, from socks to snowpants and boots to boards. Employees will deliver the gear to a customer’s door and provide a pick-up service after they are done using the equipment.

Owner Sean Raftree said the stores do take walk-ins. Some customers come in to check out the gear before they rent the equipment, too, he said.

A smaller, third location is at 2634 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The store fits ski and snowboard boots and takes rental reservations. The shop is shared with Lake Tahoe Vacation Resorts.

The stores are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and late on weekends. For more information, call (530) 542-1490.

A local man handed out flyers Monday in front of Raley’s protesting the hiring of an out-of-state drywaller.

The event occurred at the Raley’s at 1040 Emerald Bay Road. The store currently is remodeling the interior.

The flyers stated Raley’s uses K-W Western, which subcontracted out to Jackson Quality Drywall. The business is located in Gardnerville.

Raley’s issued the following statement: “For store renovation projects, our Construction Management team bids jobs out to all trades interested in our projects – including local contracting companies. Whenever possible, we support local businesses. We hired local tradesmen to assist with our store remodel project, many of whom are from the South Lake Tahoe area. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work very hard to bring them an upscale, new store design and will continue to provide them with the highest quality service.”

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