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Vitality Bowls encourages healthy living, sharing experiences

Vitality Bowls encourages healthy living, sharing experiences

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By Doug Coats at Lake Norman Citizen – A Cornelius couple is bringing more healthy options to the West Catawba corridor.

Ted and Karine Flinter opened their Vitality Bowls franchise in late July in a space formerly occupied by Starbucks. They’re offering more than a dozen kinds of acaí bowls, along with smoothies, paninis, soups and salads. But customers can get more than just a boost of complex nutrients with a catchy name. They’ll have the opportunity to hear the stories of international travel the Flinters have experienced.

Ted was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he landed a job training foreign militaries and police. After meeting Karine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they’ve also lived in Kosovo, Abu Dhabi and eastern Africa.

Owning a business locally means they can get to know the community where they’ve owned a home since 2013 better. They have plans on building two more stores in the Charlotte area.

“We have three young children, and every summer we come here for two months since it’s so hot in the Middle East,” Ted Flinter said. “We’ve gotten to know our neighbors a lot better since we opened the café. That’s been a great element of getting our café open.”

Vitality Bowls is offering dine-in service with their patio space, but also online ordering for pickup or delivery. Flinter said the store is filling a demand for healthy eating, and with gyms opening this month at 30 percent capacity, looks to capitalize on fellow health-driven businesses. They offer 10 percent off to customers who show proof of a gym membership.

“We picked this location because a lot of the gyms, Planet Fitness and other fitness studios are around us,” he said. “It was a little bit concerning when we were opening up, with them slowly opening up and seeing a lot of new faces of people coming in from gyms.”

Ted and Karine Flinter opened Vitality Bowls on One Norman Boulevard in July. /Courtesy of Ted Flinter

The bowls range from $7.49 for a small dessert or breakfast bowl, to most of the menu costing $12.49 for a medium and $13.99 for a large. Some of the most popular, Flinter said, are the Vitality Bowl (strawberries, banana, flax seed), Nutty Bowl (banana, strawberries, peanut butter) and Warrior Bowl (raspberries, broccoli, almond milk).

For a liquefied treat, there’s the Matcha Madness smoothie and paninis for the savory crowd.

“It’s looking at taking real foods, organic where we can, non-GMO, and taking a healthy approach to providing a menu that’s appealing to people looking to follow dietary guidelines that are going to give them a balanced diet and healthy foods,” Flinter said.

Though “Main Street Lake Norman” may not look anything like the streets of the Middle East or African jungles, Flinter said his former life can still be beneficial in the food business.

“My wife and I have traveled the world and love learning stories and sharing ours,” he said. “We’ve got a great audience, and when you travel the world and meet lots of people, we like to think our store is welcoming and have had a cross section of people coming in and out of the world.”

City Creek Center Fall Fashion and Food from Vitality Bowls

City Creek Center Fall Fashion and Food from Vitality Bowls

(KUTV) — Times have changed, and although there will not be an in-person fashion show this year, City Creek Center will still be featuring the latest in fall trends for 2020!

On Monday, September 14th, City Creek Center will be kicking off its Fall Fashion Launch on the Center’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Each day until the end of the month they will feature the latest in fall styles from your favorite stores at City Creek Center—and there is something for everyone! And while you are out shopping for the newest styles in fall fashion at City Creek Center, stop by Vitality Bowls to fuel up on an acai bowl, fresh juice, coffee, salads, panini, and more.

Will Tanguy is here to discuss what an açaí bowl is while demonstrating the preparation of the Vitality Bowl. An açaí bowl is a thick blend of the Amazon’s antioxidant-rich organic açaí berry, topped with organic granola and a selection of superfood ingredients. Vitality Bowls also offers the nutrient-packed superfruits pitaya, Graviola and acerola as a base for bowls. Açaí berries are high in antioxidants and can promote heart health. Strawberries and bananas contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin B, and potassium, providing energy throughout the day. Flaxseed is loaded with fiber and high-quality protein to help keep you full.

Vitality Bowls is a nationwide franchise superfood café specializing in açaí bowls, smoothies, fresh juice, salads, and panini. A variety of superfood coffee and espresso drinks are also offered at Vitality Bowls. The café is health and wellness-focused, and the kitchen is designed to avoid cross-contact of ingredients, making it an allergy-friendly environment. Menu items contain no fillers (ice, frozen yogurt, or artificial preservatives), giving them the purest taste possible.

City Creek Center Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.