MANCHESTER, NH – After a successful first season of smoothie sales from their colorful food truck, Josh and Sonya Philbrick are ready to take their Smoothie Bus to the next level: A bricks-and-mortar version of their mobile smoothie delivery truck is opening Jan. 30 inside the Brady Sullivan Plaza, at 1000 Elm St.
Aptly named Smoothie Bus Shoppe, this new addition to the downtown will feature 40 flavors of hot and cold smoothies, as well as acai bowls and other health-centric products.
“We love smoothies, our whole family does, and so we started with the Smoothie Bus last year,” says Sonya. Their healthy and flavorful smoothies were a hit everywhere they parked the truck, which led them to expand and find a stationary home base in the downtown.
“One drawback to the bus is that you can’t park it on Elm Street,” says Josh. And while they plan to deliver the goods to downtown businesses from their new shop, they also hope customers will stop in to sit and sip smoothies while seated at one of the tables inside the shop.
Smoothies for the Philbricks are not a phase — they are a lifestyle. Both Josh and Sonya say the smoothie life, for their family, is a delicious way to promote energy and good health. And they’re excited to be the first local business to partner with Manchester-based Zion Medicinals, which produces a line of organic hemp and CBD oils that will be available for purchase in the shop.
It has been a business-plan baptism by fire since getting the bus up and running last May. They’ve learned a lot since then, and feel confident that the smoothie-loving public is ready for more.
They’re also excited to be part of the downtown business community.
Sonya, a licensed therapist, will continue her practice when she’s not at the shop, while Josh will be focused full time on keeping the smoothies flowing.
“Once we discovered smoothies there was no turning back to Dunkin Donuts,” says Sonya, who now runs on Coffee Express smoothies — one of the Smoothie Bus original 10 flavors — a combo of cold brew coffee, banana and almond milk.
The Smoothie Bus Shoppe, located at 1000 Elm Street, will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Jan. 30. For more information call 603-785-1717.