October 3rd marked the beginning of a new business opening its doors in Grain Valley. Valley Nutrition is owned by Destiny Young. Its purpose is to be a small business with a big vision to help the community become healthier and happier.
Young grew up in Eastern Jackson County and was inspired to open her business in Grain Valley due to the number of people she knows that reside in the community. One of Young’s motives for opening her business was wanting people to be happier by living healthier through good nutrition.
“In smaller towns there’s sometimes not an abundance of healthier options in finding a good selection of teas, shakes, or coffees. Our meal replacement smoothies offer 20 grams of protein and are under 250 calories. They are delicious and have received positive feedback so far from our customers,” Young said.
“We also offer energizing teas and protein coffees, which is helpful in boosting your metabolism and providing clean energy without all the sugar and carbs. Less crashing occurs from this type of energy boost along with providing additional vitamin B6 and B12 to your diet.”
Valley Nutrition also has comfortable seating options for friends and neighbors to socialize. There are stools in front of the wood accent bar as well as couches and tables. Ambiance is provided by the soft rock played in the background and the welcome sign that greets you upon entry.
The menu includes a three-step approach to building your ideal drink. Step one is an aloe shot to help with digestion and nutrition absorption. Step two is selecting your tea. Options abound in flavor from original to peach, lemon, raspberry, and cinnamon. You may upgrade your tea to include an energy boost or collagen beauty enhancer. Step three is to select your flavor of shake from the variety of flavors offered under the umbrellas of chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee.
Prices of menu items vary from $2.50 to $18 depending on your taste and appetite. Colorful names scatter the menu from superheroes to creative spellings of flavors and ingredients to draw interest.
“We want people to feel powerful and energized when they leave; that they can conquer the day,” Young said.
Being a new small business owner has a wide range of responsibilities. It can be both risky and rewarding. Young is carrying out a dream she’s had for a long time with the opening of Valley Nutrition and is appreciative of the support she has received from the Grain Valley community so far.
Young offered, “If people come in and check-in with us on Facebook or tag us on an Instagram story, then they get a free protein ball in their drink for helping us promote our business.”
Saturday, October 26th will be the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Valley Nutrition from 9am to 3pm. Giveaways, door prizes, and samples will be provided to the public. Valley Nutrition is located at 201 N Main St., Suite B in Grain Valley. They may also be found on Facebook or reached by phone at 863-602-0519.
Destiny Young, owner of Valley Nutrition (right) with Dakota Young (left) her brother and partner in the business.
Photo credit: Valley News staff