Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Vibrations Health, Wellness and Juice Bar. The moment I walked through the door, I could feel the energy. As I browsed the store, I noticed cabinets, shelves and tables of natural foods and body products. It was obvious that everything in the store, whether external or internal, achieved optimal health.
Rebecca Raspberry, owner, introduced herself with a vibrant smile and enough liveliness to run a marathon. Her energy was contagious. She immediately made me feel welcome and was just as excited to speak about her journey to opening the doors of Vibrations. The journey was like many entrepreneurs, but her story was like no other. We both pulled up a stool at the juice bar, then conversed as if we have known each other for years.
I ordered the juice she suggested that was created a few days prior. The ingredients were apple, ginger, lime, kale and cayenne. Yes, it was refreshing with a little kick of spice. At that moment, I declared to be a returning customer.
It seemed that I wasn’t the only person who decided to return often. As we conversed, clients entered and exited the store. She never skipped a beat in our conversation as she greeted each by name with a smile.
Rebecca stated, “Part of the vision of building out the business was the experience when you walk through the door.”
Her journey began when employed at American Signature, now Value City. She had worked for fourteen years at the company when her location was closing. At that moment, she decided to leave and pursue her dream. American Signature presented many offers to stay, but she declined.
She received confirmation as most entrepreneurs have when deciding to open their own company. At that moment, Rebecca made decisions without any hesitation or fear. Her hard work paid off, as of our meeting the doors of Vibrations had been opened for eight weeks.
Working as a business owner was not new to Rebecca. Her father owned a health food store, The House of Ghandi, in Hyde Park of Chicago.
As we wrapped up the conversation, Rebecca stated, “I would like customers to have a positive vibration, education, and teaching experience.”
She will eventually offer educational courses, lengthen the juice bar and roll out sandwiches in the spring.
I hope you get a chance to visit Vibrations at 615 N. Lake St. Gary, Indiana. Treat yourself to a juice, buy yourself a few healthy products, enjoy the experience and tell Rebecca that Bahiyah (bye-he-yah) sent you!
Bahiyah Shabazz is the President of Shabazz Management Group, Fabulous & Money Savvy and BROWN GIRLS DO INVE$T. She has appeared and given financial advice on various media outlets, and is the author ofWomen Building Wealth.