Gloria Bartlett and Gary Greenwood were considering opening a restaurant where they lived in North Carolina. They wanted to include healthy sandwiches, homemade soups, organic smoothies and a juice bar, but they found the market was saturated.
When their friend Stephanie Detar contacted them about an opportunity on Historic 25th Street in Ogden, they jumped at the chance.
Bartlett and Greenwood opened A Good Life Café & Juice Bar last month, and Detar is opening an import shop, Blooming Lotus Imports, in the same building later this month.
Bartlett said the three are avid travelers and met in Hawaii eight years ago. Since that time, they have talked about opening a business together, and now their dream has come true.
Bartlett and Greenwood signed the lease for the building sight unseen and packed their belongings to relocate to Ogden. It was a daring decision, but so far they are happy they did it.
“We love the area and the neighbors have been very welcoming,” Bartlett said. “We have traveled a lot and met some wonderful people, but the people here really are so warm and welcoming. It’s really, really nice to be here.”
Greenwood trained as a chef in New Orleans. He and Bartlett have more than 20 years of combined experience in the restaurant business.
The two designed the menu to offer healthy vegan options, as well as organic meats and cheeses. Their juice bar offers 16-ounce freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices ($5.49) such as The Good Life, with carrot, pineapple, celery, beet and ginger juices; the Super Green, with celery, cucumber, parsley and spinach juices and spirulina; and The Energizer, with apple, ginger, aloe vera, ginsing and lemon juices.
Their 16-ounce smoothies ($4.99) come in a number of varieties, including Good Morning Gary, with cranberry juice, pineapple, blueberries, dates and aloe vera; the 1st Grader, with peanut butter, banana, apple juice and milk; and The Rebel, with orange juice, peaches, raspberries and blackberries. They will add a shot of wheat grass to any juice or smoothie for $1.49.
For the sandwiches, A Good Life Café & Juice Bar uses freshly baked breads from local bakeries, and Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Bartlett recommends the Ogden Club ($6.99), with avocado, turkey, bacon, cheddar, fresh tomato, lettuce and herb mayo; or the Fresh Mozzarella ($6.99), with tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar and herb mayo.
They also offer at least two made-from-scratch soups daily.
“Gary is an amazing chef and makes soups that people fall in love with,” Bartlett said.
Some of the most popular soups include creamy tomato basil, turkey sausage gumbo, coconut Thai curry, butternut squash with wild rice, roasted garlic with honey, and crab with corn chowder.
In addition to the restaurant and import shop, Bartlett said, they plan to offer dance and yoga classes to the community.
A GOOD LIFE CAFÉ & JUICE BAR
- ADDRESS: 107 25th St., Ogden
- HOURS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
- CONTACT: 801-394-1020, www.agoodlifecafe.com