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Inspiring Conversations with Sarah Croan of Journey Nutrition

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Croan.

Hi Sarah, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for nutrition and got my degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I was working in a local hospital in the nutrition department when I found out about the Herbalife opportunity. It amazed me that I could open my own nutrition club, helping others reach their nutrition goals while being my own boss. I had the opportunity to work part-time in another nutrition club, learning how to build my own business while still working full time at the hospital. I had just started a new job that I was really enjoying when I found the location for Journey Nutrition. As soon as I walked in the space, I knew that this was the place I wanted to open my own nutrition club. I was not expecting to open my own business yet but it just felt right. It took a few months to get the space ready but I got to build out exactly what I had envisioned for the space.

I can’t imagine being anywhere else than where I am now. Being my own boss and out of corporate life is literally a dream job I get to live every day. Journey positively impacts the community through delicious shakes, clean energy drinks, a fitness line, plus more in a fun, positive environment. There are many hats I play but my favorite is being a healthy bartender and interacting with Journey’s customers providing healthy fast food options.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Journey Nutrition opened in the middle of February 2020, one month before the COVID shut down. The business had just started gaining traction when that happened. As most people know, the downtown area, as a whole, was basically like a ghost town so business was very slow. Luckily, since Journey was considered essential, we got to stay open during all of it. I took the slow time as an opportunity to grow and turn a “hardship” into something good/positive. It was difficult and a little scary because business was so new but we made it and are now thriving. I am so grateful for the customers that supported and spread the word about Journey.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Journey Nutrition?
Journey Nutrition is a healthy shake bar located in Westport. We use Herbalife Nutrition products to makes delicious shakes, clean energy drinks, fitness line drinks, and more. There is a set menu but we can also customize our drinks to meet our customer’s nutritional needs. We also provide wellness profiles where customers get to learn about their bodies (weight, % body fat, muscle mass, body age, etc.) and how we can help them meet their nutritional needs to reach their health goals. -Behind the bar, we are health bartenders. We love to get to know our customers. and creating relationships with them.

What sets us apart is that we are healthy fast food. You can come in, place your order and enjoy it at the bar, out in our private courtyard, indoor comfy seating or take it to go. We also have the option of ordering and paying ahead on our app so you can run in, grab your item, and be out in seconds.

We like to hold events throughout the year and do things to support other local businesses. One thing we do often is team up with The Port Kc (gym we are connected to) for events like rooftop yoga and group workouts with local small business vendors set up afterwards. We also do sample tables throughout the community like fitness events or apartment resident appreciation events to share what we have to offer.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
A quality that I feel is important to my success is being friendly and energetic to everyone who walks in the door. That includes getting to know my customers by more than just their face or name. It makes what I do that much more fun, too because it is more than just a transaction; it is creating lasting relationships.

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