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March 15, 2014
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Berry Blendz brings fruit smoothies to Main Street

Berry Blendz, a fruit smoothie and frozen yogurt store, opened on Main Street at the beginning of the month.

The store offers 55 different smoothie recipes, seven special coffees and four flavors of frozen yogurt, owner Shawna Eckstine said. Every smoothie contains at least two servings of fruit and is gluten-free.

Eckstine said she took over the space in January and opened Berry Blendz on March 3.

“It was Coolberry, then it was YoYogurt, then it was Infused (Smoothies and Yogurt) and finally now it’s us,” she said.

To get the space ready to open, she had to install a non load-bearing wall to cover the store’s coolers for frozen sherbert and yogurt, rearranged cabinetry and tore down and installed new counters.

The store also sells vegetable drinks with ingredients like cucumbers, beets, carrots and wheat grass shots, organic and fresh.

“It’s a healthy meal replacement,” Eckstine said. “Just a grab-and-go, which is really nice because that what people are looking for.”

Eckstine has owned Signs By Tomorrow in Fort Collins for 19 years. She also owns two Berry Blendz stores in Fort Collins, one in Thornton and one in Loveland that is scheduled to open in May.

“How you know a good smoothie is if it tastes good from beginning to end,” Eckstine said. “It’s like anything else, if you’re going to do it, you have to do it well. We don’t lower our standards for ingredients.”

Eckstine used to live in Windsor, but she moved to west Greeley two years ago with her husband and three daughters.

“We’ve been toying with Windsor for about five years,” Eckstine said. “I think Windsor is really growing. I think it’s a good opportunity and it offers something different for either residents or commuters. Business, I have to tell you, has been great.”

She said she’s been surprised with the amount of business she’s had since the store opened a little over a week ago.

“Every time I open a store, it’s nerve-racking, because you just don’t know,” Eckstine said.

Winter hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Summer hours are from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day.

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