As former college athletes, Sydney and Michael Trojanek prioritize organic foods. However, the importance of consuming healthy, whole foods became even more apparent once they had their two children.
“We really thought about what we were feeding our children,” she said. “It costs a little bit more, but we feel better as a person and mentally too with good healthy food.”
The couple noticed there weren’t many healthy options available to people in the Anthem area, so they decided it was the perfect place to open a Clean Juice location in August of last year.
Anthem’s Clean Juice is located on the corner of Gavilan Peak Parkway and Daisy Mountain Drive. The location is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Clean Juice crafts all of its food and drink items from all organic ingredients.
“Everything’s made in-house, fresh to order and it contains no added sugar and harmful pesticides and no antibiotics.”
It offers a variety of smoothies as well as cold-pressed and fresh juices like “The Energy One” with apple, beet, carrot, celery, ginger and orange as well as “The Protection One” with cucumber, pineapple and spinach.
Customers can also purchase juice cleanses and wellness shots like the “immune booster” with carrot, ginger and lemon as well as the “hot shot” with cayenne, orange and turmeric.
However, “We have more than just fresh juices and smoothies,” she said.
Customers can also choose from a variety of healthy food options like acai bowls, toasts, wraps and Greenoa Bowls, which have greens, quinoa and other topping choices like hummus, hard boiled eggs, avocados or strawberries.
The couple successfully opened their Clean Juice store in Anthem, overcoming the challenges related to the pandemic while also raising two young children who are learning virtually at home.
“We tag team it a lot,” she said. Michael works another job as a district manager while co-owning the location with her.
“My parents have been huge lifesavers,” she said. “They’ve really been there through this whole thing whether it’s taking care of our kids or helping us run errands.”
It was a challenge adjusting to teaching her kids while learning to operate the new business while “still providing great customer service and training my team.”
“We have a great team, so they caught on really quickly,” she said.
Their team is made up of 21 members, most of which are high schoolers or early college students.
“It’s like another family,” she said. “We want to help them grow and learn as they get older” and enter into the real world.
Sydney explained the importance of providing this healthy option to the community. “You only have one body, so you’ve got to fuel it in the right direction.”
She compared the value of healthy food to getting an oil change so one’s car doesn’t break down. “That’s kind of how our body works as well.
“With organics, you’re getting the freshest produce and you’re not getting those pesticides and chemicals, GMOs and sewage sludge” that comes from conventional farming, she said.
“We wholeheartedly believe in healthy body and strong in spirit,” she said.
Their children are “following in our footsteps with sports and we want to just fuel education on the benefits of organics and healthy lifestyle.”
Clean Juice extends its outreach to the community by setting up sampling events and offering discounts at various gyms in the Valley, also getting involved at local farmers markets.
It also has three “juice boosters” that help promote the business, which is Clean Juice’s program for “officially sponsored athletes and influencers,” according to its website.
Clean Juice started in 2014 as the “brainchild” of founders Kat and Landon Eckles. It’s grown to over 100 open locations with 55 “in development” in 23 states.
Clean Juice offers catering and also has a podcast, blog and an app for its customers. Customers can subscribe to the Clean Juice “Cleanse Club” with its app to manage and schedule one’s cleanse. People can sign up for a month-to-month, six-month or 12-month subscription to receive exclusive perks.
The beginner month-to-month program starts at $38, and the six-month and 12-month programs start at $35. The standard month-to-month program starts at $57, and the six-month and 12-month programs start at $50.
Beginners receive four cold-pressed juices and standard program subscribers can mix and match six cold-pressed juices.
Eventually, Sydney and Michael want to open up numerous locations throughout the Valley, she said.
The community is a vital part of Clean Juices operations. It’s important to “support local” so every business in Anthem can succeed, she added.
“We’re all in it together, especially during these days. We want everyone to thrive and support each other. Anthem’s such a small, niche community, so we just really enjoy supporting them.”
—Staff writer Sarah Donahue can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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