Falkirk juice bar muscles in on health kick

27-01-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK Callendar Square. Blitz Juice Bar. Husband and wife Paul MacDonald and Ludmila MacDonald have opened healthy cafe selling protein shakes and cold press juices.
27-01-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK Callendar Square. Blitz Juice Bar. Husband and wife Paul MacDonald and Ludmila MacDonald have opened healthy cafe selling protein shakes and cold press juices.
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A new Falkirk business is hoping its new healthy juice bar will be a runaway hit
 with gym goers.

Blitz Juice Bar, run by husband and wife Paul and Ludmila MacDonald, serve up cold press juices, protein shakes and healthy snacks from their Callendar Square cafe.

They chose the location as it is underneath Xersise-4-Less, believing they had a captive market to tap into.

Paul is originally from London but has lived in Falkirk for 10 years. He said: “Ludmila and I have been into juicing for a long time and appreciate the health benefits it brings.

“We were keen to bring our product to the market in Falkirk and it was just a case of waiting for the right time.

“When we heard a new large gym was opening in the old TK Maxx store, it seemed like the ideal arrangement.”

The family took over the empty unit at the start of the month and are now open seven days a week, from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

With Paul also working as a part time manager at Alea Casino in Glasgow, the last month has been a tiring one.

Paul said: “We are still testing the water to find what is popular and getting opening times right, but are really pleased with the way business has been progressing.

“We started with customers mainly from the gym, but now word has spread and we are getting custom from people who have heard good things about us.

“We are branching into vegan snacks and things like raw cheesecake. Ludmila is passionate about nutrition and ensures everything is as fresh and healthy as possible.

“It’s daunting opening a business in the current climate, but the last month has been a learning curve and we’re in a great position.”