In the midst of heavy workloads, a tiny bank account and little time, college students often eat unhealthy.
Bowl of Heaven looks to change that negative outlook.
Nestled in the hustle and bustle of Foothill Boulevard in La Verne, Bowl of Heaven caters to customers that want a healthy and affordable meal rather than the usual unhealthy and quick meal.
“I was pretty excited to try Bowl of Heaven because of all the good things I had heard about it,” said Stephan Acree, business administration major. “It was the only yogurt place around.”
Famous for its acai bowls, Bowl of Heaven also has a variety of yogurt and granola bowls with toppings such as strawberry, kiwi and chocolate.
Smoothies and juices are also available in a variety of options for those on tho go.
The idea of having a place where customers can enjoy healthy food such as granola bowls, smoothies and juices originally came from Hawaii, according to the store’s owners.
Tammy Records and Rick Eatt saw La Verne as a comfortable spot for the business.
“La Verne was just the location we were blessed to find after about four months of searching,” Records said.
The decision to build a store in La Verne was an easy one because of the little options of food stores in the city.
Unlike other yogurt places in the surrounding cities, Bowl of Heaven caters to those with food allergies.
“We’re non-dairy, gluten free, and we have no corn syrup Records said. “We try to stick with the local community so our honey comes from Cal Poly (Pomona).”
“The health benefits of the acai bowl are unbelievable and that is really beneficial to the business,” Records said.
Bowl of Heaven is not just catering to college students in the area. Many residents of La Verne have acquired a liking for the new, healthy alternative.
“I literally come here about twice a week for the acai bowl,” said Kendall Thompson, a 20 year La Verne resident. “I have easily replaced my Starbucks addiction with a healthier and cheaper habit.”
The University of La Verne has also joined the hype surrounding Bowl of Heaven.
The campus radio station LeoFM frequently gives out acai bowls to callers and advertises the business on air.
“Bowl of Heaven brings a very organic and unique business to La Verne,” said Bethie Ross, senior biology major.
“It is very rare that you find a business that caters to vegans, gluten free customers, and those with specific sensitivities,” she said.
Bowl of Heaven not only advertises at the University of La Verne but also employs many students with the opportunity of flexible hours and a fun environment.
“The kids from University of La Verne are very respectful, they are a different breed,” said Records. “They are unbelievable, they are hardworking and overall just awesome employees.”
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