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Fresh and fabulous. By Colin Anderson.

ON JULY 16TH, Monica Engebretsen received a very unique birthday gift; a grand opening for her new business. Monica and husband Tait not only celebrated her birthday, but the birth of their brand new juice bar that they hope inspires the community to make good eating choices. The Coeur d’Alene local and mother of two said it was during her most recent pregnancy that a push to make the bar a reality really kicked in. “I was pregnant and was craving juices all the time,” recalled Monica. “I wanted a place to get fresh squeezed juice and healthy options, and now I’m standing in the middle of it!” The Wellness Bar is about as fresh as it comes. Once you’ve placed your order, fruits and vegetables are hand chopped in front of you before going into the juicer. The bar works with locals like Charlie’s Produce and Peace Natural Farms and also picks up as many weekly ingredients as they can from the Kootenai Farmers’ Market.

a loyalty card and after you buy four drinks, your fifth one is free. “We want to keep North Idaho moving and healthy which is why we give the discounts for riding your bike in to see us,” said Monica. The space is open, bright and comfortable, and there is a room to kick back or have an out of office meeting. While the 4th Street location has only been open a couple months, Monica and Tait are already looking to expand to Hayden and Post Falls and are working on a delivery system as well. As far as fresh goes, it doesn’t get much fresher than Wellness Bar. Monday –Friday 7am – 7pm Saturday 8am-3pm | Sunday 8am – 1pm 312 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene 208.665.9098

“Everything here is made to order, fresh ingredients made right in front of you,” said Monica. On top of fresh juices, Wellness Bar also offers smoothies and protein shakes, baked goods, salads, and caters to the dietary needs of gluten free and paleo. They also have a full espresso bar which is organic and kosher and offers milk alternatives such as almond, soy, rice, and hemp. You can order an organic drip coffee for just $1. All smoothies and juices are just $5.99, but you can also save some money each time you come in. Ride your bike and you’ll get 50 cents off, or purchase a reusable glass and its 50 cents off each time you fill it up. Pick up 62   Coeur d’Alene Living Local |

Local sisters Courtney and Mary and their friend Kelsey from Kansas City are loving their juices!

September 2014 Coeur d'Alene Living Local  
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