I was invited to stop by the new Evolution Fresh store grand opening in downtown Seattle on Friday for some healthy, yummy fun in the form of fresh smoothies, juices, salads & other goods. For those of you who might not be familiar, Evolution Fresh is a pure juice & natural food company that was acquired by Starbucks last year. Starbucks made space for Evolution Fresh in its Bellevue Square / The Lodge location in March, and now they've got their second store open here in downtown Seattle on 5th & Pine!
While the Bellevue location is big enough to have a space for made-to-order, handcrafted hot & cold foods, this Seattle location is really crafted for the downtown shopper, commuter or professional on-the-go. There's an interactive juice wall that guests can flip through for smoothie & juice selections, or you can have a custom juice made from the various fresh ingredients & eight juices they have on tap. There are also salads & meals prepared with wild rice, oats, lentils, buckwheat noodles & other amazing ingredients.
I've heard people complain about the prices of the offerings at Evolution Fresh, but really, it's all about perspective. You can drop the same amount of money on a huge to-go box of teriyaki or one cocktail at happy hour that you would for a smoothie or salad here. I make fresh juices, smoothies & salads at home regularly, but when I'm out for a day of meetings, errands or hanging out with my friends, I can really appreciate a place like Evolution Fresh, so I don't have to blow healthy eating out of the water when I'm out and about.
Welcome to the city, Evolution Fresh!