the ocean bowl served in a halved pineapple photo by lauren healey

First Look: Hello Juice & Smoothie in Forest Park Southeast

Hello Juice & Smoothie is slated to open Monday, Aug. 6 at 1000 S. Newstead Ave. just north of The Grove.

Co-owners Jordan and Kayla Bauer conceived the idea to open up shop while sitting in a juice bar on their honeymoon in Hawaii.

Throughout 2017, the couple hosted pop-up events at Sardella, Climb So iLL and other area businesses. They decided to open a brick-and-mortar location in an effort to offer healthy options at reasonable prices year-round. “Healthy doesn’t have to be expensive,” Kayla Bauer said.

The vegetarian and vegan-friendly eatery offers a relatively simple seasonal menu of fresh-pressed juice, smoothies, bowls, shots, salads, toast and Sump coffee. Two rotating juices are made to order daily, and all juices are available in bottles (juiced the night before). The couple hopes to provide as much local, organic and seasonal produce as possible, helping to curb costs.

Jordan Bauer said Hello Juice & Smoothie is designed to create chill environment that invites customers to stay and hang out a while.

“We’re adding another dimension to the craft juice bar world,” Jordan said. “Juice bars in general have a grab-and-go culture, and we wanted to provide a space that you can sit and enjoy your meal and slow down.”

In the fall or winter, the couple plans to launch a full hot menu featuring bone broth and superfood lattes with ingredients like medicinal mushrooms. They will also incorporate seasonal produce like beets and sweet potatoes. In addition, they plan to open the restaurant’s basement, complete with children’s area and cozy seating.

Hello Juice & Smoothie will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Here's a first look at St. Louis' newest 

Lauren Healey is associate editor at Sauce Magazine.