Jessica Bates managed a Bulldog Nutrition shop in Louisiana for several years and was ready to own her own store. She began to look for a place where there weren’t a lot of tea shops, where she could eventually have the opportunity to expand and open additional stores. She also wanted a place with a good quality of life for herself and her daughters, Paige and Kallie.
“After all the floods in Louisiana, we looked where we would all feel happy,” said Jessica.
They decided on Monroe County; her sister Elizabeth and her family have lived in this area for about 15 years. Two months ago Jessica made the move and opened Bulldog Nutrition at 130 East Main Street (in the Ingram Center.) She said the community has been very welcoming to both her and the business.
Bulldog Nutrition offers a huge variety of teas and shakes, all sugar free, as well as protein, vitamin, fiber, collagen and other supplements. If you want to study the extensive menu, plan for some extra time. You’ll probably want to order that first tea or shake while you browse through the rest of the choices and ponder their enticing names.
Jessica said so far the favorite shake is the “Elvis,” which includes peanut butter and banana flavor and comes in vanilla and chocolate. The most requested tea is the Morgan Wallen with a blend of watermelon, coconut and cool cucumber flavor.
Altogether there are at least 200 teas and 200 shakes, and the crew at the Forsyth store has created 10 new choices in the nine weeks they’ve been open. Jessica said her personal favorites are the Betty Boop tea and the Pecan Candy shake.
She said she wanted to own her own Bulldog Nutrition store because she believes in the products. She and her family use them and are pleased with them. In fact, about four years ago the products helped her lose almost 50 pounds. She feels like almost everyone is looking for the healthy options she provides. But as well as offering good nutrition, Jessica said her goal is to give back the joy and welcome that she has felt from the community.
Jessica thanks Monroe County teachers for their support during her first two months of business. She delivers to the schools as she will for any sizable order. She will also work with groups on fundraisers for clubs or teams or for individuals in need. The shop can even name a tea in honor of someone as part of a fundraiser.
Bulldog Nutrition is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. It focuses on breakfast, lunch and energy drinks between. Check out the Face book page at Bulldog Nutrition Forsyth for daily activities and specials. There are updates on Instagram or call 478-993-1370.