Pin It
Favorite

Fresh Squeezed 

BIJA organic juicery brings some sweet elegance to South Perry

click to enlarge BIJA owner Brandi Elder (left) and John Gardner sip creations from BIJA Organic Juicery and Kombucha Bar as baby Nicoya looks on. - MEGHAN KIRK
  • Meghan Kirk
  • BIJA owner Brandi Elder (left) and John Gardner sip creations from BIJA Organic Juicery and Kombucha Bar as baby Nicoya looks on.

Brandi Elder and John Gardner, owners of the mobile juice bar BEET It Up, know that people like to drink beer. And coffee. And wine. And cocktails.

They also know that after a couple of adult beverages, nothing can refuel a body like a fresh, organic juice, so they opened the BIJA Organic Juicery and Kombucha Bar as a sister business to already established BEET It Up.

"BEET It Up is very comical and fun," says Gardner. "[BIJA] has its own sweet elegance to it." Housed in the Buddhio at South Perry Yoga, the new juicery is a little more yogi, according to Elder.

"We do have to be respectful of a yoga studio because we do share a space, so, you know, we have to be quiet when they're having savasana. So honoring that, that's a priority for BIJA," she says.

Supporting the local community is a main concern for Elder and Gardner. When it's in season, they purchase their produce from local farmers market vendors, and they source their kombucha — a tea-based drink that is cultured and brewed for up to two weeks, then infused with other flavors — from Bare Culture in Coeur d'Alene.

The menu ($6-$7 for juices and smoothies; $3.25-$4.25 for kombucha) is created by Elder, who says the most popular juice is the Third Eye, which features pineapple, broccoli, greens, apple and mint.

"I'm really pushing the Focus as far as the smoothies," she says. For those who still need their java fix, this smoothie includes coffee, combined with banana, cinnamon, agave and coconut milk.

BIJA and BEET It Up have entirely different menus, offering customers a wide range of options. Elder and Gardner see their two businesses as both partners and competition. When a woman came in to BIJA asking for a custom juice with carrots in it, Elder was able to run to grab the veggies from the mobile juice bar, which was parked across the street for the South Perry Farmers Market.

"It can be competition, but they can complement each other," says Elder. ♦

BIJA Organic Juicery and Kombucha Bar • 915 S. Perry • Mon-Wed, 8 am-3 pm; Thu, 8 am-6 pm; Fri, 8 am-8 pm; Sat, 11:15 am-3 pm • Delivery to locations on South Hill and downtown for orders over $20 • facebook.com/bijaorganicjuicery • 818-9700

Related Locations

  • Pin It

Speaking of...

  • Always New
  • Always New

    A longtime Spokane chef ventures out with CRATE
    • Sep 1, 2016
  • Still Rocking
  • Still Rocking

    After leaving downtown, Rock City Grill has reopened on the South Hill
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • A Well of Options
  • A Well of Options

    Liberty Lake's newest cafe has all the tools to meet its lofty ambitions
    • Aug 18, 2016
  • More »

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Bigger Beer
  • Bigger Beer

    The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival is a sign of how far we've come
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • By the Numbers
  • By the Numbers

    North Idaho Cider changes ownership focus, adds to cider line
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Power Play
  • Power Play

    Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen scores big with adjacent Victory Sports Hall
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Roman Myth and Mythmaking

Roman Myth and Mythmaking @ Jundt Art Museum

Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 17

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Hilary Korabik

  • Connecting Point
  • Connecting Point

    The Round at the Bartlett brings artists, poets and musicians together on stage
    • Oct 22, 2015
  • Cheers to the Season
  • Cheers to the Season

    How the Volstead created a drink to match the feel of the falling leaves
    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Growing Goodness
  • Growing Goodness

    Food For All aims to keep Spokane well-fed
    • Sep 16, 2015
  • More »

Most Commented On

Readers also liked…

  • Keep on Truckin'
  • Keep on Truckin'

    Coeur d'Alene's first permanent mobile food truck court celebrates its grand opening
    • Jun 9, 2016
  • Prowess in Prose
  • Prowess in Prose

    Marilynne Robinson returns to the Inland Northwest to share wise words about her illustrious writing career
    • Feb 11, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation