First Business Completed Through the City's Commercial Property Improvement Program Now Open

Juice Box offers smoothies, shakes and crepes on The BLVD

Lancaster, CA. October 26, 2011
- Juice Box, a trendy new juice bar on The BLVD, is the first of 10 businesses in downtown Lancaster to complete improvements made through the City's Commercial Property Improvement Program (CPIP). 

Juice Box is owned by Chris and Candice Beatty, who also own the AV Dance Studio '81 next door.

 "This program was designed to offer aspiring entrepreneurs a helping hand in launching their new businesses, while also enhancing the newly revitalized BLVD by attracting the perfect mix of shopping, dining and retail," said Mayor R. Rex Parris. "Juice Box is the epitome of the type of new business we like to see on the BLVD. Chris and Candice Beatty took a chance in moving their dance studio here, and have done so well that they decided to expand their entrepreneurial endeavors on the BLVD. I am proud that the City has been able to partner with them to make this dream a reality."

The program, which was enacted by the City Council in March 2011, aims to build on the positive momentum created by The BLVD Transformation Project by providing business owners with an opportunity to substantially enhance their facades through top-quality design and architecture.  It also serves as an incentive program to entice new businesses to locate downtown while stimulating private investment through a matching contribution requirement.

 "This location on The BLVD is ideal," said Chris Beatty. "We've wanted to open the Juice Box here ever since moving the studio to The BLVD, but we thought it would take a while before we were able to do so. The Commercial Property Improvement Program jump-started the whole process."

The Juice Box, boasts a fun, lively vibe, offering patrons both "healthy eats" and "sinful treats." As well as their signature fruit smoothies, customers can enjoy sweet or savory crepes, and shakes with amusing names such as "Cherry Manilow" and "Peanut Butter Jelly Time." 

 "Juice Box offers something for everyone, from fresh and fruity smoothies to delightful treats like our popular Nutella crepes," added Candice Beatty. "People can order one of our healthy options, indulge in a sweet snack, or enjoy a light meal."

 "I was honored to be one of Candice's dance instructors when she was little," remarked Councilwoman Sandra Johnson. "This is a proud moment for me to see her giving back to her community as an entrepreneur and an instructor herself. It shows what having a passion for your community can do. I wish her and her husband the best success."

Juice Box is located at 526 W. Lancaster BLVD. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.