Marty Spence and her personal partner, Angelo Rodriguez, have been pondering what to do with the space immediately to the south of his R Coffeehouse in Riverside.
“We were really not sure what to do … for a long time,” Spence says.
They considered an ice cream shop or a game room.
Then Spence says she started thinking about the juices she enjoys and had an epiphany.
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“Oh, that’s what we need to do with this. What were we thinking?”
She’s now preparing to open Songbird Juice Co. at 1142 N. Bitting. R Coffeehouse is at 1144 N. Bitting.
“It is all the same building,” Spence says.
Though the businesses are two separate entities, Spence says, “It’s kind of a his-and-her business.”
She says there will be overlap between the businesses with art and music that they’ll showcase.
Songbird’s focus will be what Spence calls “clean and pesticide-free” juices and smoothies using “a lot of carrots and apples and greens as our base.”
Combinations will include flavors such as pineapple, kale, orange and apple or apple, ginger and kale.
Spence calls the grab-and-go items she’ll offer “just a healthier lifestyle option.”
“When you’re juicing you’re getting the most concentrated nutrition out of the vegetables,” she says. “We’re going to do as much as we can locally to source things.”
She says she thinks the juices and smoothies will be a convenience for others.
“We know that we live in a really fast-paced world.”
Spence hoped to open in early June, but she says it looks like it will be closer to the beginning of July.
She says Songbird will be “something fun for the area.”
“It’s just a thing we really enjoy.”