Vitality Bowls Named to Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

BY FRANCHISING.COM – Inc. magazine announced today the placement of Vitality Bowls on the 37th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This was Vitality Bowls first year on this list, the superfood café earned the rank of 682. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“To be included among such successful companies is a great honor,” said Tara Gilad, COO and co-founder of Vitality Bowls. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our team and the incredible growth of our franchise movement.”

The 2018 Inc. 5000, unveiled at Inc.com with the top 500 companies featured in the September print issue of Inc., is the most competitive crop of privately held companies in the U.S. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

This prestigious award validates Vitality Bowl’s progress in the past year and the eight years since its launch. With 56 locations now open across the country, the brand has ingrained itself into all of the communities it serves.

Vitality Bowls originating in Northern California and specializing in açaí bowls that feature a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich berry, topped with a variety of superfoods – Vitality Bowls has solidified itself as America’s superfood café. All items on the menu are made to order for each customer and are prepared in a kitchen designed to avoid cross contamination for customers with food allergies. There are no ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives being used, giving the purest taste possible to each menu item.

To learn more about Vitality Bowls, visit www.vitalitybowls.com.

About Vitality Bowls

Roy and Tara Gilad, a pair of successful business owners, founded Vitality Bowls in 2011 in San Ramon, California. The duo started the superfood café concept together as a result of discovering their daughter’s severe food allergies and wanting to find safe, healthy food alternatives. Since franchising began in 2014, the brand has seen significant growth with more than 100 cafes open and in development. Named one the Top 100 new franchises in 2017 by Entrepreneur, Vitality Bowls is redefining the fast casual healthy food restaurant sector every day at each of its locations across the country.

For more information about the brand, visit the company website at http://vitalitybowls.com.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

Methodology

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit and independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2015. The minimum required revenue for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/ .

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://www.inc.com/.

Super foods health craze coming to Omaha

BY NEBRASKA RADIO NETWORK – Nebraskans can get their health on and join the super foods craze. Tony DeSantis will soon open Vitality Bowls at Aksarben Village in Omaha.  He says they are most famous for using the acai berry from Brazil.

DeSantis says, “It is considered one of the world’s leading super foods primarily for its high antioxidants. It has a number of health benefits.  It benefits the immune system, digestive process.  I often describe it to folks as think of it as a blueberry on steroids.”

He says an acai bowl is a thick smoothie blend made with the berry or with one of three other super foods. They cover that with organic granola, fresh fruit and other super food ingredients like bee pollen and hemp seed.

The other super foods include the pitaya, or dragon fruit. Acerola, which is a cherry sized tropical fruit and graviola which is often referred to as a blend between a strawberry and a pineapple.  They are used as a base in the bowls and then topped with other ingredients.  Other super foods include camu-camu, spirulina, aronia, maca and moringa.

DeSantis says one bowl has nearly all the nutrition a person need for a day.

Their grand opening is set for September 6th.

Vitality Bowls coming to Greensboro

Vitality Bowls coming to Greensboro

BY NEWS AND RECORD – Vitality Bowls, a cafe specializing in Acai bowls and antioxidant-rich drinks, is coming to Greensboro.

Franchisees Michael and Therese Lopez are opening the café at 3345 Battleground Ave. in Westridge Square.

Originating in Northern California, Vitality Bowls is a chain specializing in bowls that feature a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich acai berry topped with a variety of ingredients such as graviola, spirulina, hemp seeds, pitaya, coconut milk, bananas, strawberries and honey.

“There are detox bowls, immune bowls. You can always add substitutes or take away others,” said Therese Lopez, who has over 20 years of experience as a project manager in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The café will also offer fresh juices, soups, panini sandwiches and salads.

The eatery will include a full-service coffee bar, complete with espresso, cold-brew nitrogen-poured coffee, organic kombucha on tap and super food drinks made from acai, pitaya and matcha.

“We will be offering allergen-free and gluten-free items,” said Michael Lopez. “We wanted to provide a place where people with food allergies have a place to eat.

Following this opening, the Lopezes are planning to open two more locations in Winston-Salem and Chapel-Hill.

Vitality Bowls joins CoreLife Eatery, another healthier-eating option specializing in greens and grain bowls, which is also opening soon in Greensboro.

Vitality Bowls Now Open in Richmond Heights, Serving Açaí Bowls and More

Vitality Bowls Now Open in Richmond Heights, Serving Açaí Bowls and More

BY FEAST MAGAZINE – A superfood café brand recently debuted its first Missouri location in Richmond Heights. Vitality Bowls opened on July 12, serving açaí bowls, smoothies, fresh juice, paninis and salads. The menu features a wide variety of superfoods including graviola, acerola, mangosteen, camu camu, maca, bee pollen and more.

Vitality Bowls originated in San Ramon, California, in 2011 and began franchising in 2014. More than 50 stores are currently open nationwide. The Richmond Heights franchise is independently owned and operated by Sally and Mark Matiszik.

The Matisziks’ storefront fills a 1,400-square-foot space in a new development with 32 seats inside and another 14 on an outdoor patio. The dining area features custom handcrafted tables from David Stein Woodworking based out of Dow, Illinois. Framed photos and infographics on the walls outline the key ingredients that go into the menu’s antioxidant-rich core items.

“I would say that first of all, we are famous for our açaí bowls. Our recipes are balanced with the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals in each bowl,” Sally says. “We take the pureed fruit of one of our fruit superstars and blend that together with other frozen fruits or vegetables into a thick spoonable base. We cover that with organic granola and top it with fresh fruits and finish it with additional superfoods.”

Choose from highlights such as Sally’s personal favorite: the Superfood Bowl with a base blend of organic açaí, a Vitality Bowls blend, almond milk, graviola, acerola, kale, bananas and strawberries, topped with organic granola, bananas, blueberries, goji berries, cacao nibs and honey.

According to Sally, Vitality Bowls’ next most popular items are its smoothies, which also aim to contain pure nutrition with no fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, syrups or added sugars. Popular picks include The Hulk with organic açaí, guarana, almond milk, spirulina, kale, broccoli, whey protein, strawberries and bananas. Raw pressed juices are also available such as The Rejuvenator with carrot, apple, cucumber and beet.

To round out the menu, choose from paninis such as The Sirloin with grass-fed, seasoned and seared sirloin with mozzarella, spinach and dijon. A discounted panini combo special is available when you add a panini to any menu item. Salads include a spinach salad with spinach, goat cheese, quinoa, strawberries, almonds and housemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Vitality Bowls also offers local brands such as Park Avenue Coffee and KomBlu Kombucha for additional beverage options. Going forward, the Matisziks hope to open additional locations in the St. Louis area, including West County.

“I am so excited to introduce the community to açaí and superfoods,” Sally says. “I’m looking forward to being the place that introduces people to these unique fruits and vegetables in a healthy and delicious way.”

Vitality Bowls is open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8pm and Sunday from 9am to 8pm.

Vitality Bowls, 8029 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, Missouri, 314.448.1015, vitalitybowls.com

5 spots to caffeinate, dine during August

BY ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO – On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh spoke with Sauce Magazine’s Heather Hughes and Catherine Klene about new food and drink establishments in the region to try this month.

With three coffee shops on their radar for August, Klene said, “We’re very caffeinated over at Sauce this month.”

Lola Jean’s Giveback Coffee (5400 Nottingham Ave., St. Louis)
Blueprint Coffee Watson Location (4206 Watson Road, St. Louis)
Living Room/Craft Beer Cellar (5760 Chippewa St., St. Louis)
Peel Wood Fired Pizza (208 S. Meramec Ave., Clayton)
Vitality Bowls Superfood Cafe (8029 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights)
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