A Lexington-based juice bar is opening a second Louisville location for the second time.
The Weekly Juicery closed its original Louisville store in St. Matthews in December when the lease expired, leaving only its counter in the Heine Brothers’ Coffee shop at 4901 Brownsboro Road. Now, the business is preparing to open a new storefront at 632 E. Market St. in NuLu.
“There are a lot more people living down there, and there is a lot more community” among NuLu business owners, said The Weekly Juicery founder Kimmye Bohannon. On Bauer Avenue in St. Matthews, “we just didn’t really have a lot of camaraderie relative to businesses around us.”
Since closing the St. Matthews store, Bohannon said sales have picked up at the Holiday Manor Shopping Center location.
She is hopeful that the NuLu location also will see strong sale by drawing customers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Bohannon said that she’s wanted to be a part of the NuLu neighborhood for a few years and that she had actually looked at the storefront at 632 E. Market St. previously but decided not to open a store there.
“The space was super big, which would have been too big for a retail store,” Bohannon said.
Now, the space has been split into two, with The Weekly Juicery taking one half and Louisville Cream opening its first scoop shop on the other side.
Louisville Cream just moved its ice cream-making operations into the kitchen at the NuLu site on May 31. Insider reached out to owner Darryl Goodner to see when the ice cream shop would open, but he wasn’t ready to name a specific date yet.
As for The Weekly Juicery, Bohannon said, it’s on pace to open in early July.
It will employ 10 people, and in addition to selling cold-pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls, The Weekly Juicery’s Market Street store will stock a greater variety of products from local vegan business V-Grits and Louisville-based Elixir Kombucha.
The hours of operation aren’t set in stone, Bohannon said. The NuLu shop will open around 7:30 a.m. during the week but may stay open longer than other The Weekly Juicery locations.
“NuLu has got really great crowd later in the afternoons, so we might stay open later,” she said. “We haven’t made that decision.”