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Acai Bowls Come to Westchase

Cold Pressed Juice opened in early December in the Westchase Town Center and brings with it some popular and trendy foods.

The store serves acai and pitaya bowls, smoothies and cold pressed juices. The store manager said the acai bowls had been very popular with customers. Customers can choose from several specialty bowls or create their own. Each bowl includes a fruit base with toppings such as granola, coconut chips, chia seeds and raw honey.

Acai, a small berry, and pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, are both reported to be high in antioxidants, fiber and calcium. Owner Waleid Museitef said, “In the near future we will be expanding our menu to carry various organic snacks such as kale chips, cashews, almond and various organic fruit leathers.”

According to Cold Pressed Juice’s menu, all juices are cold pressed daily at the store and are 100 percent organic. Juices are stored in a cooler at the front of the store so customers can walk in and choose the one they want. Cold Pressed Juice has 15 juices to choose from, including a cold-pressed coffee drink with almonds, dates, maple syrup and vanilla and pineapple, spinach, carrot and beet juice mixes. They also serve seven different smoothies.

While there are cold pressed juice stores throughout the Tampa area, this is the first one in Westchase. “After carefully studying the area and the services that Westchase has to offer, we noticed that our concept was not represented in the area,” said Museitef. “Juicing and acai bowls are growing trends in the United States and we felt that this would be a perfect addition to the Westchase community.  Our goal is to introduce our products and educate the residents of this community to a healthier alternative when eating.” 

Customers can receive perks and discounts, including free items, through the Perka app.

Cold Pressed Juice is located at 9652 W. Linebaugh Ave. They are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

By Marcy Sanford


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