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September’s One Successful Mama Profile: Jen Wirsing, The Green Berry Juice Bar

September 9, 2015|Posted in: One Successful Mama

“Opening The Green Berry has reminded me that I can still have my own life and be my own person, while finding a balance of being a mom and a wife.” – Jen Wirsing, Owner

This month I’m profiling Jen Wirsing, owner of The Green Berry, a unique hometown eatery serving cold pressed juices, smoothies and other seasonal specials located in Irwin, Pa. A native of the area, Jen lives in nearby North Huntingdon, Pa., with her 6-year-old daughter Adelle and husband Russ.

The Green Berry is the very first designated juice bar in the county, and all of its produce is sourced from local farmers or sustainable farms or is certified organic. “This is not just a business for me but a way to spread awareness and education on nutrition and health by teaching others how to juice, make smoothies and eat a diet full of nutritious real foods,” she says. “The Green Berry is committed to only serving nutrient dense food to anyone who steps foot in the door!”

As a thank you to my readers, Jen is giving away a 1-day juice cleanse — a $47 value — for FREE!

The winner will receive 16-oz bottles of the following:
*2 Carrot Juices
*1 Homemade Almond Milk
*2 Unicorn Wings (apple, parsley, lemon, cucumber and spinach)
*1 Grasshopper (chard, spinach, apple, cucumber, and pineapple)

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment on this post telling us about a healthy food you’ve recently started incorporating into your diet or a favorite healthy food that you’ve been loving for quite a while!

INTRODUCING: JEN WIRSING, THE GREEN BERRY!

How long ago did you start your business? What led you to start it?
The idelogoga started back in January of this year. My husband actually encouraged me to do something with all of this information that I have learned about health and nutrition. In 2011, I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is based out of NYC, as a Board-Certified Holistic Health Coach (certification is through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners), but have been eating healthy and juicing since 2005.

I had driven by the space on 3rd Street in Downtown Irwin many times and thought it would be the perfect space to open a juice bar! Next thing I knew, my husband rented the space for me for Valentine’s Day. He surprised me with the key on a heart shaped ring, along with the lease. I was VERY taken aback because now it was REAL and I HAD to follow through with it instead of procrastinating and it just being a thought in my mind. So, needless to say, I went through all kinds of emotions in about 10 seconds: fear, excitement, anxiety and sadness (yes sadness, because I knew I would be leaving life as I knew it as a stay-at -home mom.) But somehow I knew deep down this would be the best thing for me and my family in the long run. I knew that I wanted to do this for our community, too.

There was not a doubt in my mind that I wanted to open in Downtown Irwin, either. I had a lot of people asking me or encouraging me to open elsewhere, like Greensburg or Ligoner, but there was no way I was going outside of the Norwin area to do this. I was born and raised in Irwin, so this is exactly where I wanted to plant my business! Having something very unique like this — the first juice bar in Westmoreland County — I knew it would draw people into town from all over and I want to be a part of helping Downtown Irwin thrive and grow.

What types of services/products do you offer?
We offer fresh cold pressed juices (yes GREEN juices!), nutritious smoothies, cleansing programs, shots such as wheatgrass, turmeric, lemon and ginger shots, homemade almond milk in 4 different flavors: plain, vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate, homemade almond butter (not for purchase yet), seasonal items such as banana “ice cream” and essential oils. Nutritional counseling is also available along with a variety of upcoming classes, workshops, and field trips — the Girl Scouts are coming at the end of September for a field trip! Fall is quickly approaching and we have some very exciting menu items and seasonal specials that will be added to the menu such as pumpkin almond milk, pumpkin smoothie, soups, bone broths and some other yummy things!

Describe your first few months getting started. What were your major challenges?
I’d say one of our challenges was finding time to work in the store, remodeling and doing construction. My husband did all of the carpentry and remodeling, so he had to work at the store in his spare time, which was not much! Everything unfolded at exactly the perfect time, though, so although it took us 7 months to open our doors, it was the exact right time. Another BIG challenge was money! How was I supposed to start a business with nothing?! I knew it was going to happen, though. One way or another I’d find a way to raise the money and I certainly did just that through various fundraisers, crowd funding, family and friends. Before I knew it, I had raised enough money to open my doors! And trust me, I had some naysayers who told me, “Uou can’t ask people for money to open a business – I’ve never heard of such a thing!” Well, anyone who knows me knows I’m certainly not a conventional thinker and I moved on right past those comments!

What has surprised you the most about yourself when it comes to running your own business?
My ability to work hard at something and show up for myself and others. It took me a long time and years of reading self-help books, taking self-improvement workshops, reading spiritual books amongst other things (and I’m surely not done in that department, either, as I am always aiming for self improvement and digging deep to be my most authentic self) to realize that I was meant to do what I love and to help serve others by living my life’s purpose. It took years of questioning what exactly that was! But since I decided to do this, all of the doors have opened. As soon as I put the idea out there, I had someone offering to do all of my graphic design and marketing for no cost and donations were coming in from family and friends left and right. I have always read that when you are supposed to do something in life, everything falls into place. This was a HUGE aha! moment for me.

How has owning your own business benefitted you as a mother and wife?
As a mother, my daughter gets to see two of her parents own our own businesses. It brings me so much joy and gratification to be able to teach her how to run a business and especially a business where you are helping others to learn how to eat healthier and take care of themselves. It also has given me something to call my own and be proud of myself for. I’ve spent so much time over the last 6 years giving everything of myself to my daughter that I have not taken much time to figure out what still makes me happy. Opening Green Berry has reminded me that I can still have my own life and be my own person, while finding a balance of being a mom and a wife. My husband is happy to see me doing what I love and has been so supportive through all of this. He has even said he wanted to quit his job in construction and make smoothies with me all day.

What do you enjoy the most about owning your own business?
I love being able to make my own hours and work around some of my personal things that I need to take care of too without having to answer to anyone else. I also love that I don’t even consider what I do “work” because I love it so much!

What are your goals for the future?
Having a delivery service, adding more items to the menu and possible opening other locations someday! I’ve learned that you can do whatever it is you dream of if you set your intention to doing just that.

What advice do you have for women who may want to take the leap and own their own businesses?
I always encourage anyone to do whatever it is that they love and makes them happy. There is always a way, especially if you feel you are supposed to do something more than working for the “machine” as I call it or more than working that 9-5 job that you despise. Most people walk around as part of the “drift” of society, just going about their everyday life that they think is just “ok” not realizing how much potential they have inside if they just let their light shine from within.

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TO ENTER THE CONTEST, simply leave a comment on this post telling us about a healthy food you’ve recently started adding to your diet or a favorite healthy food that you’ve been loving for quite a while! It’s that simple! (Your email address will only be used to contact you if you win. It will not be shared or sold in any way.)

The contest ends at midnight on Friday, September 25. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on September 28. The winner will be notified by email. Good luck!

This contest has ended. Thank you to everyone who entered!

30 Comments

  1. Beth
    September 9, 2015

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    I love fresh juice and smoothies! I started juicing a number of years ago, but since I also run my own business I find I don’t really have the time to make them for myself. The Green Berry is the perfect answer! One of my favorites is Root Juice. It gives me a boost of energy every time I drink it.

  2. Jasmin Sansonetti
    September 9, 2015

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    I love this juice bar! The first drink I had was accented with basil, which is my new favorite healthy herb to add to pretty much anything. I started eating a stone fruit salsa with cinnamon and basil with cinnamon pita chips and it’s so good! Keep up the great work, we love your juices and smoothies!

  3. Lori Patterson
    September 9, 2015

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    Avocados are my favorite healthy go-to food. Love The Green Berry, and very thankful for a healthy alternative in Irwin!

  4. Becca Smith
    September 9, 2015

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    Quinoa! Maybe because it’s trendy, maybe because it’s a great grain!

  5. Denelle Suranski
    September 9, 2015

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    I know Jen personally and she is one empowering, enthusiastic, passionate woman. What she has created for this community is amazing. I’m very lucky to have her as a friend to influence me throughout my life to make healthier lifestyle changes. A lifestyle commitment that I have made is drinking a kale, frozen berry, coconut/almond milk, banana smoothie daily.

  6. Lisa Warner
    September 9, 2015

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    I can’t wait to stop in. I’ve been trying to incorporate more kale into salads and smoothies.

  7. Beth K
    September 9, 2015

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    Hemp seeds! So glad to have Green Berry as part of our community!

  8. Carrie
    September 9, 2015

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    I love Unicorn Wings! I’m so happy to have this small business close to home!

  9. Ashley
    September 9, 2015

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    I just started incorporating chia seeds! So much you can put them in and a great health benefit. I never had them until I had a “Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust” smoothie from The Green Berry!! Great addition to our community!

  10. Melissa R.
    September 9, 2015

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    Juice! I recently bought a juicer off I craigslist & have been loving it.

  11. Heather
    September 9, 2015

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    Avocados! I’ve been enjoying them in smoothies and salads.

  12. Christine Hoke
    September 9, 2015

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    I love their juices! Nothing like feeding our cells with healthy goodness. There isn’t anything close to this shop around here. The Green Berry has made me more aware of label reading. What you get in the conventional stores is very different from what you get at The Green Berry. Plus, it taste good!!!

  13. Hannah K
    September 9, 2015

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    I’ve started in incorporate roasted unsalted almonds into my diet! I love that they’re convenient and a handful of almonds is very filling. Also, they’re a wonderful way to jazz up a Greek yogurt for breakfast in the morning!

  14. Christine Coletti
    September 9, 2015

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    Quinoa! Love it! Trying to use it more and more!

  15. Tammy Fleming
    September 9, 2015

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    For over a year I have been drinking a vegan protein shake full of spinach, kale, frozen berries, and almond milk with a pre/probiotic. It is the best way to start my day. Gives me energy, keeps me regular and full. I am so thrilled that Jen has opened her store and will be educating and changing habits in all that encounter this place. This is not only what Irwin needs, but what AMERICA needs. You go Jen! Once customer at a time…..

  16. Chrissy
    September 9, 2015

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    I love eating avocados on my salads!

  17. Dana L
    September 9, 2015

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    Well, where do I start! I’ve changed my overall eating habits since last year! I love everything from quinoa, couscous, avocados, kale, cashew and almond milk, raw cashews, goji berries, and recently since meeting Jen I love JUICING! I never ate beets until her juice! Guess what? I like them! Huge congrats to you girl! So excited to have a local place to get juice ???

  18. Tracy mcintyre
    September 9, 2015

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    I’ve been eating lots of fresh veggies from local farmer markets this summer

  19. Tracy
    September 10, 2015

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    I have even dairy / gluten free for 3 months now. I’m eating ‘clean foods’, drinking shakeology daily & adding kale & chai seeds to every shake. I’ve never felt better or had so much energy before!!!

  20. Tupy
    September 10, 2015

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    I like the grasshopper!!!

  21. Diane Beeler
    September 10, 2015

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    Since The Green Berry opened it’s door, I’ve opened my eyes to a healthier way of eating!. With the help of both Jen and Deb I’ve been slowly incorporating more organic fruits and vegetables into my diet. I LOVE the idea of a smoothie for breakfast! Along with several other ‘commenters’ i’ve come to appreciate CHIA SEEDS and how amazing these little buggers are.

    Great article!!!

  22. Jeana
    September 10, 2015

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    trying to incorporate turmeric, looking to do an AIP diet this spring.

  23. Greg
    September 10, 2015

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    I love this juice bar!!!!

  24. Meg
    September 14, 2015

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    My family has been making our own smoothies at home instead of buying ice cream. We’ve been using fresh fruit, greek yogurt, and adding a little vanilla protein powder since the kids can always use a little extra!

  25. AJ
    September 14, 2015

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    Butternut squash – it makes the best soup for fall! Love the Green Berry. :)

  26. Kayla
    September 14, 2015

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    I am so excited to have this juice bar in downtown Irwin! We just purchased our first home in North Huntingdon a few months ago, and it’s so exciting to see such amazing new businesses opening downtown and seeing little Irwin become revitalized again. It really reaffirms my decision to move to this wonderful town!

    So as far as my favorite healthy foods as of late, I’ve really been digging quinoa. As I try to move away from eating meat and more of a plant-based diet, it’s become an amazing, delicious alternative to meet for my dinners. Eggplant is also a new discovery for me. Apparently a make a mean eggplant parm :)

    Thanks again, Jen, for opening the Greenberry Cafe in Irwin! I’ve only been able to visit once so far unfortunately since I’ve been tight on cash, but I plan on visiting again soon. Your Faith, Trust, Pixie Dust smoothing is AH-MAZING!

  27. Stacy S
    September 15, 2015

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    We are mostly a gluten free household for 12 years. We are now trying to not have processed GF foods. We eat a lot of lettuce wraps which is one of my favorite go-to’s. I’ll wrap just about anything in a big leaf of romaine.
    I just started using coconut oil unrefined in my cooking & actually am using it on skin irritations and dryness! It’s amazing!

  28. Michelle Klimchock
    September 18, 2015

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    I have been using a variety of flavors of white balsamic vinegars for salad dressings. Also, I have been trying to eat a more gluten-free diet. I am hoping to visit The Green Berry soon!

  29. Brandee Artinger
    September 21, 2015

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    We love almond and coconut milk but we also do all organic dairy and meat. My family loves overnight oats and the kids love smoothies made with fruit and yogurt too! I’m very excited about this juice bar in Irwin!

  30. Kathleen Heuer
    September 21, 2015

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    I’ve recently dabbled in both juicing and green smoothies, and I was surprised to discover I enjoyed them both! My favorite green smoothie contains banana, mango, pineapple, and leafy greens. Can’t wait to stop by the Green Berry!

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