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New juice bar, cafe open on Cottage Street in Easthampton

  • Meredith Sokol pours a freshly made energy drink of carrots, red bell peppers, apples and ginger at Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Meredith Sokol pours a freshly made energy drink of carrots, red bell peppers, apples and ginger at Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton.
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  • Matthew Boyce makes an espresso at Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Matthew Boyce makes an espresso at Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton.
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  • Glenn Labay, co-owner of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe, makes an energy drink of carrots, red bell peppers, apples and ginger at the Cottage Street establishment that opened Feb. 25. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Glenn Labay, co-owner of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe, makes an energy drink of carrots, red bell peppers, apples and ginger at the Cottage Street establishment that opened Feb. 25.
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  • Glenn Labay is co-owner, with Christine Plant, of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Glenn Labay is co-owner, with Christine Plant, of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton.
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  • Glenn Labay is co-owner, with Christine Plant, of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. The new business opened  Feb. 25.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Glenn Labay is co-owner, with Christine Plant, of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. The new business opened Feb. 25.
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  • Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe is a recent arrival to Easthampton at 42 Cottage Street, the former home of Sunrise Bakery.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe is a recent arrival to Easthampton at 42 Cottage Street, the former home of Sunrise Bakery.
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  • Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe opened Feb. 25 at  42 Cottage St., the former home of Sunrise Bakery.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe opened Feb. 25 at 42 Cottage St., the former home of Sunrise Bakery.
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  • Meredith Sokol pours a freshly made energy drink of carrots, red bell peppers, apples and ginger at Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Matthew Boyce makes an espresso at Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Glenn Labay, co-owner of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe, makes an energy drink of carrots, red bell peppers, apples and ginger at the Cottage Street establishment that opened Feb. 25. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Glenn Labay is co-owner, with Christine Plant, of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Glenn Labay is co-owner, with Christine Plant, of Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe on Cottage Street in Easthampton. The new business opened  Feb. 25.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe is a recent arrival to Easthampton at 42 Cottage Street, the former home of Sunrise Bakery.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Christine's Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe opened Feb. 25 at  42 Cottage St., the former home of Sunrise Bakery.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Christine’s Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe deals instead in what co-owner Glenn Labay calls “super good for you” fare, fresh vegetarian food and made-to-order juice and smoothies.

“We wanted to do something to be involved in the town and show people that nutritious food exists and give them a healthy choice in town,” Labay said after closing time one day last week.

The juice bar and cafe, named for his fiancee, co-owner Christine Plant, opened Feb. 25 at 42 Cottage St. at the site of the former Sunrise Pastry Shop. Labay said though neither of them has experience running a cafe, they both have business experience and thought they had a good idea for a unique business. They rented the spot about a year ago and got to work building a business around their mutual health obsession: juice.

“We love juice,” said Labay, 51. “Anything that nutrient-dense is super good for you.”

The Torrey Street couple call themselves “juicers” because they believe in the health benefits of fresh juice made from fruits and vegetables.

“In one juice, there are more vegetables than one person would eat in a day,” said Plant, 46.

And they said the word about juice has been spreading around Easthampton since they opened.

“We’re selling more juice than coffee everyday,” Plant said.

“And that was the mission,” Labay added.

You won’t find regular juices like orange or grape on the menu at this cafe. You could try a glass of “Star-Crossed Livers,” made of apples, beets, lemon and dandelion greens, or an “NRG,” with apple, carrot, ginger and red pepper.

“I’m cleaning spinach off the wall — that’s a good day,” Plant said while cleaning the wall behind the commercial juicer Tuesday afternoon.

Labay admitted that ingredients such as spinach or chia seeds may seem unusual in juice, but suggests people try a glass before passing judgement. “We’ve been juicing for a long time, so a lot of the recipes are our tried-and-true recipes,” he said.

Besides coffee and smoothies, the cafe’s breakfast and lunch menu is all vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options. It ranges from muffins and breakfast burritos to paninis and veggie burgers.

Building a business

Since signing the lease a year ago, Labay said he and Plant completed almost all of the $50,000 in renovations themselves, with only a little help from plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople.

“The bottom line is it’s sweat equity,” he said. “We owe the banks nothing.”

The 1,200-square-foot space needed a lot of sprucing up, they said, from painting the floors and ceilings to putting in a kitchen. It has seating for 30 at iron and wood tables and chairs.

“We wanted it to be homey, cozy and comfortable for people,” Labay said. They constructed the kitchen to be open to the cafe, so customers can watch their food being prepared and have access to the staff, whom Labay said are a friendly bunch. “It’s the best crew anyone could imagine,” he said of the 13 employees.

In the long term, owners may add outdoor seating, transform the basement into a baking kitchen and even hold community classes, Labay said.

“We want it to be a place that promotes nutrition,” he said. “Somewhere down the road we want to have classes once a month where we can teach kids, elderly people, whoever, how to eat healthy.”

Christine’s Bean Sprout Juice Bar and Cafe is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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I am so happy to see this place is open, and getting great reviews, I love juice and have been very much wanting a healthy restaurant to open in Easthampton, will get over there pronto! thanks JDanceBeat58 for posting!

Everyone should go here! great vegetarian food selection! The NRG juice is PHENOMENAL! i got 4 larges in 2 days... :D

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