JUICE HUGGER | A HEALTHY CRUSH CAFE

$2,180 of $50k goal

Raised by 55 people in 18 months
Kelly Keelo  BROOKLYN, NY
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In February 2015, with no warning, our landlord sold the building that Juice Hugger's A Healthy Crush Cafe has resided in for the last 4 years. It was sold to a construction company that will tear the building down to build a 5 story residential building in its place.

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Due to undocumented rental agreements by the other tenants in the building, in March, they were given 30 day eviction notices and were forced to leave. One older man from Haiti lived in the building for 17 years and another disabled woman lived here for 10; it was hard to see the hurt and disappointment in their eyes as they packed up to leave.

(Click picture to find out about our juice cleanses)

Juice Hugger LLC. has a rental agreement ending in July 2016. We intended to stay until the end of our lease since business is on the upswing. We are finally benefiting from a robust surge in cafe business as the community morphs into high end condos and franchises are deciding to give Crown Heights a chance.

When our new landlords heard our plans to stay out our term, they were angry. They want to build now. They decided to serve us an eviction notice claiming we didn't pay our rent on time and served the document to our employee while we were not at the cafe (which lead her to seek employment elsewhere).

They  neglected repairs to our boiler (so we installed a new one at our own cost); they impaired the electricity on one side of our cafe (ensuring that our bathroom had no light for months); they  sent numerous utility companies to our business telling them we are about to close so that they "turn off" our services; and they followed us home to intimidate us (leading us to file a police report). Their tactics are mean and calculated.

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Two weeks ago, we had our day in court. We won the bogus case against us! Thank you  Edward King, Esq. (our amazing Brooklyn lawyer). However, because of the stressful conditions that we have been under all year as well as not knowing if the building would hold up during the winter due to the lack of building repairs, we took a small settlement to leave the premises early. A Healthy Crush Cafe will open for the last time on Thursday,October 15th , 2015.

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It has been an amazing ride and we love everyone who has supported us. It has truly kept us going over the course of this difficult year. We can't count the amount of people that we have steered toward healthier eating...because there are so many. We are proud that we could make a difference in people's lives. Nothing could diminish our feeling of accomplishment.

(Click picture to view our menu)

It's weird having to say goodbye to our place when it is doing so well. But perhaps that is what the Universe has intended and its time to truly grow our brand . Reach higher.

Our intention is to get many of the products that people love manufactured and distributed - first to stores and shops around New York...and then nationally. We have a great local manufacturer and a distribution company who have both agreed to work with us to recreate and distribute our vegan cookies, black bean burgers and raw coconut drops. We are currently doing R&D to make sure these products come out exactly the way our customers know and love.

Juice Hugger Online will still be actively producing juice cleanses, batch juice orders and snacks. We will be working in a temporary kitchen for the time being as we try to locate something more permanent. We would like to find a kitchen to manufacture some of our other products for distribution like our vegan mac & cheese and healthy meal plans.

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We are asking for your help to aid us in keeping our company moving forward. We would love to stay in Crown Heights; our home for the last 6 years. We have a few potential options but not enough capital. Please help us to continue to offer healthy, low sodium, low carbohydrate options to our neighbors and friends. We want to continue to provide our community choices that help maintain a healthy life.

Don't let the little guys be defeated. #HugLife


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Update 15
Posted by Kelly Keelo
7 months ago
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Have you checked out our NEW Campaign. Please view and SHARE:-) find out what we have been doing since the close of Juice Hugger, our healthy food cafe in October 2015 . Thank you for your support! https://www.gofundme.com/ahealthycrushtour

A Healthy Crush is a lifestyle brand created by us. Our mission is to provide products and resources that make living a healthy lifestyle enjoyable and easy to maintain! We are African Bio Mineral Balance Advocates. It’s a method of eating mineral rich, nutrient dense food that helps keep the body in an alkaline state. This gives the body the proper environment to heal itself. The foods are listed in a Nutritional Guide created by holistic healer, Dr. Sebi.


We follow this Nutritional Guide and have experienced relief of symptoms like constipation, digestion issues, adult acne, and severe joint pain and inflammation. We have created a detox book called the Mucus Free Food Detox and a cookbook series called Beyond Vegan showing how to put together a menu and healthy food habits to follow this modality.

We want you to get healthy now! So we put together a simple RESTART menu using foods exclusively from the Nutritional Guide. And we have made it easy with links to some of Chef Crush's cooking videos for assistance.

We have created a successful workshop that discusses the African Bio Mineral Balance in detail and have received requests from 15 cities to bring our workshop to them. So we set up a Go Fund Me in order to help with with travel costs so that we can bring our message to those that need it.

There is a system out there to eat foods that are least detrimental to the body - allowing the body the right fuel to function optimally. This is it! Please head to our blog at www.ahealthycrush.com to view our RESTART. Thank you to all the people that believe in our mission. We really want to see family, friends, communities and this nation become its healthiest self. #HugLife
Keelo + Crush = A Healthy Crush
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Update 14
Posted by Kelly Keelo
12 months ago
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We are so excited to tell you that we have recently self published a new book called the Mucus Free Food Detox. Our book (that comes out March 24th) and download (available on our website now) is a comprehensive guide of recipes, charts, a shopping list, 7 day menu and more. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us. We sincerely hope that the next iteration of our brand changes the lives of those who need help starting their journey to becoming their healthiest selves!
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Update 13
Posted by Kelly Keelo
15 months ago
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We have been working on a comprehensive eCourse since closing the doors to our cafe. Though we are no longer available onsite, what a joy it is to be able to compile our knowledge into a easy to follow eCourse to help those interested in clean eating. We know that this knowledge can change and improve the health of so many lives. Thank you AGAIN for your amazing support of A Healthy Crush. Sometimes the Universe guides you into a different direction then you think you are going to go...because they know that is where you belong. This was a labor of love and one of the best projects we have ever worked on. Please tell a friend. We have it currently priced at 40% off the introductory price for the month of January!
Clean eating simplified !
An interactive online eCourse
Nutrient dense and tasty
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Update 12
Posted by Kelly Keelo
16 months ago
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Saturday we handed the keys over for A Healthy Crush. Our final open day on October 15th seemed a bit surreal. That chapter of our business closed with a wonderful surprise. My parents drove from Boston to be our last customers. Sweetness overload.

The last two weeks have been busy moving out of our cafe while gearing up for our newest venture - A Healthy Crush LLC. 's first product - Alive Tonic. We have already soft launched it in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Currently, it is available in 3 stores, but that number will change daily. Please check the available locations at AliveTonic.com. We wanted to make sure it is available to our regular customers now, during the holiday season, when eating and drinking in a balanced way often becomes a challenge.

We are still in search of a larger, affordable space to manufacture our food products but we are full steam ahead with the first of our herbal tonic blends. We hope the community loves it as much as we do - its available NOW for purchase online and ships anywhere nationally.

Thank you for your donations Roxanne, Angeline, B. Fae, Lisa, Kaidi, Todd, Gina, Davu and Natashia. Can't even explain how much everyone's belief in what we are trying to do moves us and keeps us pushing forward. I know there are alot of campaigns out there and you choosing ours to help us do our part to keep this country healthy is HUGE. Words can't express our appreciation - but actions will. #HugLife
Carl, Kelly, Mom and Dad
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Yvonne W Allen
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I wish the he'll I would support you.. You gave nothing back from your books to Usha village you use Dr. Sebi's name and his photo to promote your businesses. And you on gofund me asking for 50,000.00 shut the dam door!!! Go fund your dam self with the money you make from your books your speaking engagements and much more. You are a Thief!!!

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$2,180 of $50k goal

Raised by 55 people in 18 months
Created September 7, 2015
Kelly Keelo  
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$100
Charmaine Cheek-Dessaso
6 months ago

Hello Crush, i pray you and your wife/family get back in ya'll permanent spot and i will be to visit when you do . I also give you beautiful hearted people my blessing in accomplishing all you want and work hard to do going forward in the right direction . Allah give you peace upon you .

NB
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Natashia Blach
17 months ago(Monthly Donation)
$100
Davu Stewart
17 months ago

keep your Greatness! We need yall

GV
$50
Gina Venturini
17 months ago
TA
$20
Todd Arena
17 months ago
$50
Kaidi Grant
17 months ago

Be blessed Bro!

LH
$25
Lisa Hughes
17 months ago

Good luck to you both!

$50
Anonymous
17 months ago
AM
$30
angeline morgan-welsh
17 months ago

So proud of you! Good luck. Onwards and upwards!

$25
Roxanne Hoke-Chandler
17 months ago

When you succeed we all succeed.

Yvonne W Allen
1 month ago
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I wish the he'll I would support you.. You gave nothing back from your books to Usha village you use Dr. Sebi's name and his photo to promote your businesses. And you on gofund me asking for 50,000.00 shut the dam door!!! Go fund your dam self with the money you make from your books your speaking engagements and much more. You are a Thief!!!

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