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Three women open Edwardsville juicery on Main Street

The three co-owners of the Source Juicery are (from left) Lisa Hudson, Chrissy Stevens, and Michelle Motley, shown making a toast to the success of their downtown Edwardsville business.
The three co-owners of the Source Juicery are (from left) Lisa Hudson, Chrissy Stevens, and Michelle Motley, shown making a toast to the success of their downtown Edwardsville business. tvizer@bnd.com

April Slagle is always on the go, but the mother of four is determined to stay healthy, so she stops by Source Juicery several times a week.

On a recent Tuesday, she ordered a Zucchini Romesco box lunch and a Morning Kiss cold-pressed juice with grapefruit, pineapple and pear.

“It’s something I wouldn’t make at home,” said April, 40, of Edwardsville. “I wish I could spiralize my own zucchini and make my own romesco (roasted tomato and almond sauce), but I can’t.”

Source opened March 1 in downtown Edwardsville. It’s named for its concentrated “cold-pressed” juices, which are blended fresh and served in jars.

Varieties range from Sweet Green (spinach, cucumber, pineapple, pear and lime) to Up Beet (beet, apple, carrot, orange, ginger and turmeric).

“Each 12-ounce jar has the minerals, nutrients, vitamins and essence of an average four pounds of fruits and vegetables,” said Lisa Hudson, 36, of Edwardsville, one of three owners.

She uses locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs whenever possible. A recent special called Midnight Kiss contained freshly picked organic blackberries.

Some customers sign up for 3-day beginner cleanses, which involve eating one healthy meal a day and substituting juice for other meals.

“A lot of people cleanse to kick cravings or begin healthy eating habits or just give their digestive systems a break,” said Michelle Motley, 37, of Glen Carbon, the second owner.

Cleanses aren’t marketed as dieting tools, but some people see them as a way to jump-start weight loss.

A lot of people cleanse to kick cravings or begin healthy eating habits or just give their digestive systems a break.

Michelle Motley of juice cleanses

Source also serves juice shots and boosts, fiber-rich smoothies, nut milks, trail mix and other snacks, and housemade, prepackaged breakfasts, salads and lunches to go.

“Power Bites are our best seller,” said Chrissy Stevens, 41, of Glen Carbon, the third owner. “They’re a combination of dates, nuts, seeds, honey and gluten-free oats.”

Bites come in seven flavors, such as Thai-spiced peanut, coconut almond and dark chocolate chia.

Chrissy also simmers her own chicken bone broth, which is believed to help with digestive problems and sometimes is called “nature’s Botox” because of its collagen.

The women have been pleased to see area residents willing to try their healthy products.

“Many people are scared of anything green,” Michelle said. “It’s kind of funny. And then they try our green juices, and they’re like, ‘Wow!’”

All three of Source’s owners have undergone transitions to healthier eating and living.

It started five years ago for Lisa, a former Montessori teacher who went to college for gemology and marketing. She was working for her family’s business, Hudson Jewelers.

“Retail is incredibly stressful, so I started doing yoga,” she said. “Then I changed my eating habits. I became more conscious about health and started juicing.”

Lisa joined forces with Chrissy, a mother of three who worked at Cleveland-Heath restaurant, and Michelle, a stay-at-home mom with four kids, to open Source.

They rented a stone storefront at 220 N. Main St. and adopted the slogan “Happy + Healthy + Whole.” Their logo is a heart formed with a green leaf.

“It’s everything that’s in our juice — plant life and love,” Lisa said.

The women are partnering with Cleveland-Heath in that they sell its popular Kale Salad, and the restaurant serves their juices for Saturday brunch.

Source’s decor mixes an exposed brick wall with bright-white counters, checkerboard flooring, artwork and plants. Chalkboards display the menu.

Seating ranges from a rustic wood farm table to a contemporary couch, chair and coffee table. A bulletin board allows people to buy meals or drinks for friends or strangers.

“It’s a pay-it-forward concept,” Michelle said. “We call it our Random Acts of Kindness Board.”

Lisa is known as the “juice goddess” at Source, while Michelle mostly takes care of business. Chrissy is head chef.

Beyond regular menu items, she whips up specials such as Avocado Egg Salad, Chipotle Collard Wraps and Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce.

“Every week, we have different specials,” she said. “I’m always trying something new.”

At a glance

  • What: Source Juicery
  • Where: 220 N. Main St. in Edwardsville
  • Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Seating: 20
  • Handicap-accessible: Yes
  • Carryouts: Yes
  • Information: Call 618-650-9080, visit www.sourcejuicery.com or email to sourcejuicery@gmail.com

On the menu

  • Clean Green Juice — Cold-pressed kale juice with spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley and lemon, $8 for 12 ounces
  • Aztec Nut Milk — Cashew milk with cacao, cayenne and dates, $7 for 12 ounces
  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie — Apple juice blended with strawberry, banana, peach and low-fat Greek yogurt, $6 for 12 ounces or $7 for 16 ounces
  • Zucchini Romesco — Spiralized zucchini with creamy almond romesco sauce, $8
  • Overnight Oats — Gluten-free oats with chia, cinnamon, blueberry and almond milk, $5
  • Seasonal Detox Salad — Dino kale with red cabbage, seasonal fruit, walnuts and lemon vinaigrette, $8
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