As a kickboxing and cardio instructor, Crashuanya Hartsfield’s top priority was keeping her students hydrated. After she noticed that some of her students were having difficulty doing so, she began offering infused waters for her class to enjoy and also keep their water levels high.
Her classes were enjoying the drinks, so she began doing more research on infused drinks and learned how to make herbal teas. Eventually that led to her cold-pressed juices that have been taking over through town over the last year with her business named Hart & Soul Beverages.
“I don’t really look to be the same … I’m all about just educating people on my drinks, and producing something different, yet healthy,” Hartsfield said.
Over the last year, she has seen Hart & Soul Beverages grow on social media as she’s done more events and eventually formed a partnership at Niko’s Bakery and Cafe in the Wesleyan Park Plaza.
Hartsfield said she had not previously met Matt Weafer, owner of Niko’s Bakery, but the partnership evolved naturally. She credits her juice’s all-natural taste and vegan products as a couple of the things that Weafer appreciated.
She said that in her products she tries her best to use natural sweeteners like agave. She also uses a holistic approach about how the juices affect the body, something she finds unique about her business.
Along the way, her menu has grown and she finds herself enjoying her lemon-lime green tea and pineapple ginger cold-pressed juices. In the fall, she’s excited to return to making her homemade vegan apple ciders.
In the future, she sees Hart & Soul Beverages growing into its own juice bar — whether that be in a physical bar or a mobile business. But for now, she’s excited with the growth that has come over the last year as she continues to get opportunities.
Hartsfield invites people to come and try her juices at her Taste of Owensboro at the RiverPark Center on Sept. 30.
“I’m in it for seeing people reach their goals or just being happy with the taste of my beverages,” Hartsfield said.