Hidden away in Hintonburg is Urban Juice Press, a great little shop offering the most delicious juices in the city. Locally-pressed organic juices, to be exact.
Co-owned by Justin Gauthier, Urban Juice Press offers up some of the capital’s healthiest and tastiest juices ranging from the delicious Happy Rabbit (a bright orange concoction made with organic carrots, pineapple, apple, ginger and more) to the interesting looking Black Lemon-Aid, a charcoal-coloured grey juice which tastes like spicy lemonade and touted as a hangover cure (score!). All of Urban Juice Press‘ offerings are super healthy – full of skin-loving anti-oxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients (plant-based chemicals that help the body fight disease and keep you working at optimum health).
A lot of my friends swear by the juices from this popular local store, so I thought it was about time to head in and check it out for myself.
The first time I met Justin, I admit, I was taken aback. He had the nicest skin I had ever seen. This warm and friendly guy was literally beaming (and glowing). He welcomed me with a big smile and I immediately asked him what his skin secrets were. “Juicing!!!” he replied enthusiastically, and I was immediately sold.
After showing me around his quaint little shop located on Parkdale, he told me of his past struggle with Crohn’s Disease, an auto-immune disorder where the immune system attacks the colon. After suffering from painful cramps and a decreased quality of life thanks to medication that was supposed to help him, Justin took matters into his own hands. He began researching alternative health methods. He discovered juicing and after a few months, he noticed his cramps began to subside and he regained the weight he’d lost. After eliminating a lot of the processed foods in his diet and adding juicing, he began to feel normal again. The rest is history. And I have to say, the guy looks great.
I tried all of the juices Urban Juice Press has to offer and my favourites are Greens 101, Black Lemon-Aid, Turmeric Ave. and Immune Supercharge. In addition to the pressed juices, Urban Juice Press also offers smoothies, nut milks (Raw Chocolate, Creamy Cashew and Pick Me Up!). They also offer tasty salads, puddings and my all-time favourite (I am so hooked), Raw Fuel Balls. DAMN. SO GOOD. Picture this: peanut butter and chocolate balls with dried cranberries, maple syrup, dates, vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt. I almost died!!! I remember eating them and promising to save one for my husband. I didn’t.
Being a beauty freak, I was also drawn to the section of the shop that featured a bunch of natural, organic skincare by Saaboon. Countless fabulous-looking all-natural soaps were lined up in the display, along with cult favourites Utility Deodorant and Elemental Face Oil. The latter is a must-try. After several weeks of use in the morning, my skin is dewy and beautiful. I’ve been rubbing it into my cuticles at night too and they look glorious!
I’m pretty impressed with Urban Juice Press. What sets it apart from all the others is the warm, welcoming atmosphere, the wealth of knowledge provided by Justin and his staff, and the interesting, unique flavours of the Urban Press juices. Justin himself is a living testimonial to the great benefits of his product offerings.
Urban Juice Press also offers Cleanses in the form of packages to those looking to clean up their diets and get healthy. Urban Juice Press will provide you a package suitable to your needs to give the body a chance to rest and repair, and help you “hit the reset button”! This in turn will slow down the signs of aging, reduce stress and prevent illness. You’ve got nothing to lose but toxicity!
Urban Juice Press is located at 340 Parkdale Avenue, Unit B (entrance on Spencer Street). You can reach them by calling 613-694-BEET (2338), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Urban Juice Press can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Feel free to give them a follow!
*This post is a sponsored collaboration between myself and Urban Juice Press. Photography courtesy of Eric Vance Photographer.