The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

FAFSA delays cause missed chances
FAFSA delays cause missed chances
Madeleine Travis, Commentary Editor • June 9, 2024

Put yourself in a scenario where you’re applying for college and the thing that could make or break your acceptance just got delayed until December. All of your plans were to apply to college in October...

SHELVES STOCKED: The party section at Daiso Japanese retail store is stocked with numerous festive items. The store is located in Sunset Valley.
Daiso Japanese retail store location opened in Austin
Bentlee Toland, Review Editor • June 8, 2024

The bright lights shine on the customers filled with excitement after waiting in line to enter the new Daiso Japanese store at The Sunset Valley  5400 Brodie Ln Ste 990, Austin, TX 78745. It’s 10,000...

Distinguished Sites Banner

Slurp sensational smoothies at shop on William Cannon

BLENDING+FRESH+FRUIT%3A+A+Clean+Juice+employee+blends+together+a+mix+of+fruits+and+vegetables+behind+the+metal+counter+for+customers.+PHOTOS+BY+Fiona+Padalino
Fiona Padalino
BLENDING FRESH FRUIT: A Clean Juice employee blends together a mix of fruits and vegetables behind the metal counter for customers. PHOTOS BY Fiona Padalino

The familiar sound of sharp blending and the slicing of fresh fruits and vegetables fill the room as you prepare yourself for a clean, and delicious juice.

Clean Juice is a locally-owned juice bar that specializes in juices and smoothies, but they also offer a wide variety of food items such as salads, wraps, acai bowls, toasts, sandwiches, and protein smoothies.

Every item that they make is 100% certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), making their store completely organic and clean, hence the name Clean Juice. The idea of Clean Juice was first created in 2014 by husband and wife, Landon and Kat Eckles, with their first store opening in 2016, making Clean Juice the only store with an idea of 100% clean resources at that time.

Clean Juice recently opened their William Cannon location on July 29, making it the second location in the Austin area, the other location being in Round Rock, Texas.

The location of this store is very convenient for the residents and students of Bowie, no matter if you live in Circle C or Shady Hollow, the drive to this location is roughly six to nine minutes and you shouldn’t have too much traffic or many complications.

Upon arrival, I noticed that there are plenty of spots to park, and Clean Juice also provides two reserved parking spots directly in front of the store. To add on, I also went to this location on a Tuesday night around 6 p.m. and to my surprise, there were very few customers around.

After receiving the drink, the first sip was a nice, cold, and delicious rush of fresh ingredients, and tasted exactly how it sounded. It was sweet from the apple, but had strong notes of cucumber which provided a refreshing taste. (Fiona Padalino)

When stepping out of my car, I saw that this location has an assortment of signs making the entrance very welcoming and inviting. They also have a sign promoting their new apple-flavored fall edition products, such as an apple spice shake and acai bowl. When walking inside, you are immediately greeted with a clean interior design that makes you excited to try a refreshing and healthy item.

The establishment had soft background music that wasn’t overbearing and allowed you to order without having to raise your voice. There was minimal seating and if the establishment was busier, there wouldn’t have been anywhere to sit. Although, that doesn’t really matter as the majority of their food items can easily be taken to-go. However, if you had a food item that required you to sit down to finish, you might need to rethink the place to sit down, because there may not be an available chair or table during busier times.

One of Clean Juice’s competitors is JuiceLand, which has many locations across the Austin area. Both businesses offer juices in varying flavors, but Clean Juice only offers one size of their drinks, 12 ounces. On the other hand, JuiceLand offers three different sizes, 14 ounces, 18 ounces, and 24 ounces. The price for the juice at Clean Juice was $9.95 for the 12 ounces, whereas at JuiceLand the 14 ounces, which is bigger, ranges from $3.25-$8.95.

Clean Juice is really delicious, however, the prices at JuiceLand might be more reasonable for the teenage demographic. I purchased a 12 ounce juice, and my total price was around $13, which is far too pricey for me. I would much rather go to JuiceLand and get a $4 smoothie that is even larger.

The Clean Juice menu offered copious amounts of options to choose from, and the staff at the location were incredibly nice and helpful. If you’re indecisive like me, the staff recommended five different products which helped me narrow down my options. I ended up trying the juice flavor called The Glow One, which is listed on the menu under the Fresh Juice flavors. On the menu, the calories and ingredients in the juice are listed under the drink name, so you know exactly what you are eating or drinking.

The Glow One includes organic apple, cucumber, kale, and spinach. After ordering this drink I saw the worker pull out a fresh cucumber and start slicing away. I then promptly saw him put all the respective ingredients in the blender and blend it up. There were no unnatural ingredients added, showing that they truly do take pride in providing healthy items.

After receiving the drink, the first sip was a nice, cold, and delicious rush of fresh ingredients, and tasted exactly how it sounded. It was sweet from the apple, but had strong notes of cucumber which provided a refreshing taste.

The next juice I tried was The Creamsicle One. This juice gives the option to be made with either whey protein or hemp protein. It also includes organic orange, banana, almond milk, vanilla, and honey.

This drink was a delicious mix of citrus and sweet, with a tinge of banana to balance it out. The almond milk was a perfect choice because it added a creamy swirl to the tartness. I especially liked that this drink offered whey protein because it increased my protein intake for the day. I would definitely recommend this drink because orange creamsicle is one of my all-time favorite flavors, and this juice certainly surpassed my expectations.

Clean Juice opening a location in south Austin was definitely a smart choice on their behalf, because our city loves to be outdoors trail-blazing, biking, or running. There is a Lifetime Fitness gym and Arbor Trails near the establishment, and after a vigorous workout, a fresh juice, smoothie, or acai bowl is a perfect way to replenish and quench your thirst.

I recommend Clean Juice because it offers a delicious, all-natural, and healthy juice menu. You can try any one of the various drinks listed on their menu, because no matter what you choose, I guarantee a delicious, exciting experience for you, your friends, and your family

I recommend Clean Juice because it offers a delicious, all-natural, and healthy juice menu. You can try any one of the various drinks listed on their menu, because no matter what you choose, I guarantee a delicious, exciting experience for you, your friends, and your family (Fiona Padalino)

Story continues below advertisement
Leave a Comment
Donate to The Dispatch
$325
$1000
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of James Bowie High School. Your contribution will help cover our annual website hosting costs. Any contributions made through this service are NOT tax deductible. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation OR to subscribe to our print edition, please contact us at [email protected].

More to Discover
Donate to The Dispatch
$325
$1000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

Comment and tell us what you thought of the story:
All The Dispatch Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *