by Cassie Mattia
Loveland, Ohio – People all over the world begin every New Year with a resolution. Some vow to learn a new skill or hobby, some to spend more time with friends and family, but what do 71 percent of Americans hope to do in the New Year; diet or eat healthier. Well what’s a better way to achieve that New Year’s resolution goal than to enjoy an energizing Fuzzy Naval cocktail tea or a Dulce De Leche smoothie filled with health benefits? The Loveland community added to its repertoire of new businesses with the grand opening of Vibe Nutrition on Wednesday January 23rd, a business that is sure to help you reach your New Year’s goals.
Vibe Nutrition, located on Loveland Madeira Road, offers much more than just nutritional shakes, smoothies, teas and protein bars. Owner Jennifer Kavensky says her vision in opening Vibe Nutrition was to not only provide a place for people to become healthier and happier, but to also show that within her shop there is “a community of people wanting to love on other people.”
“Our mission and what we are trying to accomplish is to reach the community and create a place where they can come and hang out and meet other people that are trying to get healthy too,” Kavensky said, “There’s not enough places out there with positivity so we want to be a place where people feel welcome and are getting results.”
The grand opening of Vibe Nutrition was just what Kavensky envisioned. It was full of Loveland residents and other business owners and employees just wanting to come together as one big healthy community.
“Getting this business up and running along with our grand opening was definitely a team effort. The community really stepped up. We had so many people give gift cards and help us give back to the people that are coming in. Businesses in Loveland are so good about promoting each other,” Kavensky said.
Those who attended the opening were able to see the unique décor along with trying some of Vibe’s shakes, teas and protein bakery items. Of course a grand opening isn’t necessarily grand without games, prizes and raffles, which Vibe had plenty of!
“Anyone that came in and upgraded to our energy cocktails or added on a donut shot could spin the wheel and get one of our prizes,” Kavensky explained, “650 fitness gave everyone who came in a free workout, Paxton’s gave us 10 dollar gift cards and Exquisite Design Salon and Spa were giving away free shampoo and haircuts!”
Some of the other sponsors for the grand opening included Kirby’s, Championship Martial Arts, Jack Rabbit, Subway, Texas Roadhouse, Jessica’s Light and Ron’s Market.
So just what are these products that everyone is “Vibing” out to? I was given a nutritional cocktail called the “Fuzzy Navel,” which included an Orange Liftoff, Peach Tea and Mandarin Aloe, and I will admit I was pleasantly surprised on how great it tasted! The cocktail menu also included a “Cosmopolitan,” which included a Lime Liftoff, Lemon Tea and Cranberry Aloe and a “Hot Tamale,” which had a Pomegranate Liftoff, Cinnamon Tea and Cranberry Aloe.
Vibe also has a nutritional smoothie menu with out of this world flavors like French Vanilla, Orange Creamsicle and Chocolate Chip as well as a “protein bar” Bakery Menu with flavors such as Roasted Peanut Cookie, Apple Pie and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
“One of our most popular shakes is the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. This shake has 30 grams of protein and it’s loaded with nutrition. It has about 200 calories,” Kavensky said, “Our most famous cocktail is either a Starburst or Scarlet-ini. Most of our cocktails have our ‘Lift off’ in it, which helps with mental focus and short term memory.”
And yes Vibe has something called a Donut Shot and surprisingly enough it is a fat burner!
“People love our Donut shots! My favorite one is either the pumpkin pie or salted caramel,” Kavensky said.
As Kavensky and her team were making my Fuzzy Naval there was something that caught my attention about the cups they were delivering to each customer.
“One of the things we do that I think is really cool is we write a special message on our customer’s cups when they come in,” Kavensky explained, “Whether it’s a message of encouragement or a just a message to brighten that particular person’s day, we really want to make coming to Vibe a personal experience for each and every person.”
Although Kavensky doesn’t have a nutritional background she can attest to Vibe’s products because she herself lost 100 pounds using them.
“The products we have help you lose weight; they help you have more energy. We also work with athletes who need something that will help them with recovery after they work out or just need a healthy breakfast. We were actually voted number one healthy breakfast! We want to help people reach their goals,” Kavensky said.
Kavensky is full of passion when it comes to helping people and making people feel a part of a community that is both accepting and welcoming, but just where did all this passion for living a healthy lifestyle come from?
“My mom passed away at 52, she had pancreatic cancer. I saw myself really becoming like her in the best ways and the worst ways,” Kavensky said, “Sometimes we just develop habits when we grow up. I really just started looking for a way after I lost her, to be healthier. I started to do research and started to see what options were out there and then I found Vibe. It really empowered me to help other people. I didn’t have a coach or have anyone there to help me and when I started Vibe this not only helped me to really have place to come to, but it also had people that I had to be accountable for. Losing my mom was really hard, but it empowered me to change. The hardest things in life are really the things that make you become better.”
Vibe Nutrition also offers those looking for a healthy lifestyle another piece to the healthy living puzzle; a good workout. Kavensky discovered “Cardio Drumming” after a trip to Michigan and decided to get trained on how to teach it.
“We take a 17 gallon plastic bucket, an exercise ball and drum sticks and we jam to music,” Kavensky said, “It’s really a great way to get out aggression and get a good workout!”
Vibe Nutrition offers Cardio Drumming classes Monday’s at 7:30 PM at 650 Fitness and Friday’s at 9 AM at the Championship Marshall Arts Academy. Vibe also offers a Fit Camp on Monday’s at 9 AM at 650 Fitness.
“The Fit Camp is light weights, resistance bands and exercise balls. It’s really just to get people active. I feel like it’s important once you get the nutrition down to start adding in the working out aspect. It really takes people where they are to where they want to be,” Kavensky said.
Kavensky and her Vibe Nutrition team couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of Vibe and the community involvement, but are even more excited for the future and the up and coming events.
“On February 9th from 8 AM to 1 PM we will be doing a fundraiser for Kinley, a little girl who has DIPG. We will be giving 50 percent of all smoothie sales to Kinley’s family. We want to do things like this to give back to the community. We want to support those who need it,” Kavensky said.