Lanice Wilson and Renee Sellers are bringing their healthy obsession to Wilmington.
The Juice Joint, located at 323 Justison St. at the Wilmington Riverfront, is now open and offers customers a taste of freshly pressed juice, smoothies and a health-conscious food menu. The idea for the eatery came about after Wilson went to visit her daughter in California and tried her first fresh green juice.
“I enjoyed it so much that I came back home and I started juicing,” she says.
Wilson not only enjoyed the taste, but also the health benefits she felt from it. She introduced juicing to Sellers, as she suffers from complications from an auto-immune disease such as inflammation and body fatigue. When she began juicing regularly, she saw a huge difference in how she felt.
“It’s just been beneficial overall for me,” Sellers says.
The two women have worked together before on other businesses including a dance studio and Lush Oasis MedSpa & Retreat in Bear. This is their first venture into the restaurant world. With the overall changes in their physical and mental selves they credit to juicing, they knew it needed to be shared with their Northern Delaware community.
The two decided on a Riverfront location as Wilson used to work in the area and felt something was missing in the food offerings. People living and working in the area needed more healthy options.
“There’s a void down there for something like that,” Wilson says.
The Juice Joint’s menu includes six signature juices and six signature smoothies. Wilson says customers have the option to customize to a certain degree, but will be guided through the process to make sure every drink is nutritious and delicious.
The Juice Joint uses a two-step cold-press process to extract fruit and vegetable juices. According to the shop’s website, this method keeps more vitamins and minerals in the juices, allowing for a higher quality product.
The shop also sources fresh ingredients locally and beverages will be made fresh to order.
Menu items also include smoothie bowls, salads and fancy toasts. All food packaging will be biodegradable and/or recyclable.
While Sellers and Wilson were still working out design details for the interior of The Juice Joint, being in construction this spring allowed the owners to adjust the eatery’s layout to meet new health expectations.
Wilson says they ordered less furniture to increase social distancing and are upping sanitation stations. But, the two women still want customers to sit and stay awhile compared to the grab and go setup of many other juice shops.
“It was important to us that we created a lounge and a cafe-style,” she says.
Customers can expect swing-style seats, exposed beams and concrete floors within the space.
Sellers and Wilson hope the Wilmington community gets hooked on juicing the way they have. So much so, they’d like to see The Juice Joint expand throughout the First State.
“We do aspire to open up additional locations,” Wilson says.
The Juice Joint
323 Justison St., Wilmington • 358-4649
This article was originally published on June 10, 2020 and has been updated.