Kalethy Living: New smoothie bowl shop in Wilmington now open
This Friday, June 19th is Juneteenth. It is the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. One of the ways to celebrate Juneteenth is to support black owned businesses. Every day this week we will feature a different black owned business in the Cape Fear region. The feature will be posted here on Cape Fear Weekend and it will also air on WECT News in the 5:30 p.m. newscast. Read more about the history of Juneteenth by clicking here.
Starting a new business is difficult. Starting a new business in the middle of a global pandemic is especially difficult. But Brian and Sandi Royes, owners of a new smoothie bowl shop in Wilmington, are overwhelmed by the amount of support they’ve already received from the community.
The Royes opened Kalethy Living in May. They have smoothies, smoothie bowls, toasts, and coffee.
The couple said the idea came about after wanting to get out of the corporate world.
After many, many trials of different smoothie and smoothie bowl combinations, they finally had their menu.
Sandi’s favorite smoothie is the mango pineapple and Brian likes the PB&J bowl. He says it tastes exactly like a PB&J.
They have been taking all the necessary precautions due to COVID. Only 15 people max allowed in the shop at a time. Customers six feet apart. And they will even bring your order out to your car if you want.
Not only did they open in the middle of the pandemic, but also amidst the Black Lives Matter movement.
Brian and Sandi are an interracial couple. Sandi is white and Brian is black. Sandi says it’s been rewarding watching Brian do his work since they opened.
“It is rewarding to watch him kind of make this his baby,” Sandi said. “And just kind of being there with him to support everything that he’s gone through and just making sure I stand by his side.”
Brian says he is honored to be a black owned business.
“I think sometimes it’s hard for a black business owners to even take that route or to even know that they can take that route,” Brian said. “So, if I could encourage anybody, black or white, any race, I believe that anybody can do this.”
Since the Black Lives Matter movement/protests started the couple says they have seen an increase in customers from people wanting to support black owned businesses.
If you want to support their business as well, check out their Facebook page for more details on their hours, menu, etc.
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