WOODSTOCK — Eden, a shop focused on serving healthy smoothie and juice options to the community, is coming to downtown Woodstock in early June.

The shop will offer a variety of mostly nut-free food and drinks including smoothies, juices, soups, salads, pastas, bread and more. One specialty of the shop will be its 16-ounce bowls consisting of blended fruits and vegetables with granola toppings. Chris Beck, co-owner of Eden, said they are currently working on adding a gluten-free granola topping option to accommodate those with dietary allergies.

“The goal is to be health-oriented, without sacrificing the taste,” said Chris Beck, co-owner of Eden.

The shop will feature a service window for those who are still warming up to being out in public again, Chris Beck said. The window will also help serve people walking or driving by who are looking to pick something up and go.

Eden will include dining space, a bar, outdoor seating. There will also be a lifestyle space consisting of chairs and couches where customers can sit while eating or drinking their purchase, Chris Beck said. Items such as kitchen utensils, bags, and fresh fruit will be available for purchase in the lifestyle area as well.

Stephanie Beck, co-owner of Eden, said the idea to bring this type of shop to downtown Woodstock came from her personal experience with healthy eating.

“My journey through health and gut problems led us to the creation of Eden,” she said. “For the last couple of years, I’ve had a lot of issues with my gut and what I noticed is that certain food upsets my stomach and gives me acid reflux. I used to have problems seven days a week until I found out during our trips to New York that whenever we would visit the juice stores and I had a smoothie or juice in between meals, my stomach would settle and I felt better.”

As she started making better eating choices at home, Stephanie Beck said, her issues began clearing up and it then became a personal goal to look for places to go to that offered healthy smoothie and juice options. However, she couldn’t find any such places locally.

“There was nowhere to go to for juices and smoothies locally and I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I am the only person who is looking for this type of business or shop’,” she said. “If I want a healthy smoothie or juice option, I have to go to Roswell or Alpharetta or fix it myself at home. That’s why we chose to bring Eden to Woodstock. We saw a need in the area. Also we live in Woodstock and I grew up here, so it was a no brainer.”

The Becks leased the spot March 1 and construction began mid-April. The couple was able to raise over $15,011 for their Kickstarter campaign, a little over their $15,000 goal.

“We started the Kickstarter campaign to allow the community to be a part of the process of moving into the spot,” Chris Beck said. “The premise was to get the community behind us and help us raise initial funding and startup costs. Those who pledged money towards this project received some unique branded clothing and we are very grateful that the community helped us out.”

Eden is located at 470 Chambers St. across from Canyons and Pure Taqueria.

For more information on Eden, visit www.edenwoodstock.com.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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