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Meet Todd Stein of Vitality Bowls in Preston Hollow Village

Meet Todd Stein of Vitality Bowls in Preston Hollow Village

BY VOYAGE DALLAS – Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Stein.

Todd, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in a retail family, working in my father’s store Barry’s Camera and Video from age eight (legally, 16!) to when I graduated from the University of Arizona and was managing one of his stores. After the business was sold, I made a transition to working at some of Dallas’ largest advertising agencies. This included Tracy Locke, Hawkeye and, most recently, 11 years at The Marketing Arm, where I led the team responsible for AT&T’s pro-sports sponsorships.

While I loved my agency years, I always missed the store environment. I especially missed every day, one-on-one interactions with customers.

I’ve always had the entrepreneurial gene, not only from my dad but also my mom who’s a Dallas-based interior designer. When I started a search for my next chapter, the restaurant industry has always been in the back of my mind. While I did due diligence on businesses in a variety of verticals, I kept coming back to food service.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been fairly smooth, but much slower than I anticipated. Coming from advertising where everything is deadline focused, I’d occasionally get frustrated when people don’t move at the pace I am used to.

Another challenge was finding the perfect location for my first Vitality Bowls. Dallas is such a hot market; there’s competition for the best spots. But, patience prevailed as Preston Hollow Village has a great mix of residential, daytime traffic and a great roster of tenants.

Vitality Bowls – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have signed an agreement to open three Vitality Bowls cafés in Dallas. Vitality Bowls is a franchise out of Northern California that excited me because of their commitment to bring health and wellness to every community across the country through fresh, high-quality superfoods.

Dallas is such an amazing city with amazing people who love to take care of themselves. But as a marketer, I recognized an unmet need for healthy foods that taste great that can be filled by Vitality Bowls.

We specialize in making delicious açaí bowls, which are a thick blend of the açaí berry topped with organic granola and a selection of superfood ingredients. Additional antioxidant-rich menu items include smoothies, fresh juices, soups, salads, and panini. All items on the menu are made fresh to order and in a kitchen designed to avoid cross-contamination of common food allergens. No ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives are used, giving the purest taste possible to each item.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I have been surrounded my whole life by a family of entrepreneurs. Not only my dad and mom, but both of my sisters have had their own ventures. It’s in the blood.

Additionally, my wife Kate has been both an emotional rock during this adventure and a very savvy business advisor who’s helped me behind the scenes.

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Winter menus cozy up this edition of Dallas restaurant news

BY CULTURE MAP DALLAS – Vitality Bowls, which specializes in açaí bowls – a thick blend of the antioxidant-rich açaí berry, topped with a variety of superfoods – will open its café in Preston Hollow Village on November 29. It’s the first for local entrepreneur Todd Stein, who plans to open two additional cafés in the Dallas area. Located at 7865 Firefall Way, this is the ninth Vitality Bowls café in Texas and joins 63 locations nationwide.

A California-Based “Superfood Cafe” Just Opened in King of Prussia

A California-Based “Superfood Cafe” Just Opened in King of Prussia

BY PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE – This is apparently the year of the açaí bowl in Philadelphia — just look at SoBol opened two locations, Break Juicery announced it was headed to The Bourse — and we’re totally fine with that. They’re pretty, they taste good, and they’re made with good-for-you foods — what’s not to love about that?

Now the Philly area has a new spot for smoothie bowls, and all kinds of other buzzy, healthy foods: California-based superfood cafe Vitality Bowls. The chain has 60 locations around the country, and their first Pennsylvania franchise location is now open in King of Prussia.

The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, incorporating “superfoods” like spirulina, moringa, maca, and bee pollen into their dishes. The menu includes everything from panini sandwiches to avocado toast to fresh-pressed juices to smoothies and açaí bowls. Prices range around $11 to $13 for a bowl, $9 for a salad, and $6 for juice. The shop also has a coffee bar, where guests can infuse their caffeine jolt with some antioxidants in beverages like an Açaí Latte and the Superfood Mocha.

The King of Prussia location is owned by business partners Nirav Vakil and Meetul Patel, who are planning to open a cafe in Mechanicsburg next.

“We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual food and we are excited to have Nirav and Meetul on board with this,” Tara Gilad, founder and owner of Vitality Bowls, in a press release. “We look forward to seeing them grow their business in King of Prussia and sharing the Vitality Bowls message with the community.”

Vitality Bowls is now open at 230 Village Drive, Suite 150 in King of Prussia.

This week’s openings

BY PHILLY.COM – Vitality Bowls | King of Prussia – Acai specialist opening Nov. 8 at the King of Prussia Town Center will give out free bowls to the first 50 customers; all others will be BOGO.