Happy Friday everyone!
If you’re ever in the Santa Barbara area and are looking for some tasty fresh bottled juice, head over to Juice Ranch! Their juices are 100% Organic and 90% of the produce is sourced locally! I had the opportunity to talk with Juice Ranch co-owner, Erin Gomez, about how she and her boyfriend, Scott Walker, got into the juice business. Erin definitely has a passion for cooking and obviously juicing. During her interview she mentioned how her idea of a fun night was having “detox night” at her home making juices and doing fun detoxing things with her friends. Scott suggested they move the detoxing to a different location and here they are about to have three Juice Ranch locations!
Have you both always been involved in the food industry?
Yes, I was working at restaurants, I then moved to Guatemala and worked a sous chef with some girlfriends. Every week I would try new recipes. When I moved back to the states I wanted to continue a similar lifestyle to what I was living over seas and worked on a charter boat as the chef. I cooked and planned all the meals. It was a great job! Scott’s background is originally in film and films for an environmental film company. He is on the business side of things and more behind the scenes. He films all of our videos and does the marketing.
Was opening a juice shop always something you wanted to do?
Yes and no. I always told myself I didn’t want to run a restaurant but always went towards the food industry direction but it was actually my boyfriend Scott’s idea. There wasn’t anything like it in the area and I loved making juice concoctions at home so we went for it!
Do either of you follow a specific diet? (Vegan, Vegetarian, etc..)
Not strictly, we try different diets all throughout the year. We try to see what works. I’m big into whole and organic foods always.
What is your best selling juice? What is your favorite?
The Greens N’ Ginger is the most popular. My personal favorite is the Johnny 5 Alive. It’s sweet, tangy and spicy. It wakes you right up! Scott’s favorite is our new flavor, Coco La Ti Dah.
How did you come up with all of the flavors of juices at your shop?
I’ve been juicing for a really long time. I find a lot of joy in mixing flavors. I’m always curious if I can make something into a juice.
What’s the most rewarding part of owning your own juice shop?
The community! The people it has brought into my life. People with cancer come in and get addicted to juice and it makes them feel better. Also, working with my partner and it feels really good to be your own boss!
Do you have plans of expanding?
Yes! We just opened up a location in Isla Vista and we will be opening a shop in Westlake Village in less than a month!
33 Parker Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
6533 Trigo Road
at The Loop
Isla Vista, CA 93117
2847 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Written, Interviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich