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New Juice Bar Opens in The Heights

Vanessa Vanacore

Located at 490 Central Ave, California Shakes and Juice Bar has officially opened as of October 9th. The shop is open from 8am to 6pm daily and is available on GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats.

California Shakes and Juice Bar is a Southern New Jersey based company with 4 other locations that can be found in Deptford, Glassboro, Margate City, and Mays Landing. Owned by the Galanos family, California Shakes started out as an Ice Cream shop in a local mall. It has since evolved into a healthy chain of shops that provides the freshest ingredients of fruit shakes, juices, and bowls. As their daughter Christina attended school up North, they decided the next location for Cali Shakes had to be either Jersey City or Hoboken.
Fresh Acai Bowls from California Shakes

What sets California Shakes apart from the many other acai and juice bar shops in the area is the ingredient transparency. Everything that gets put into your shake is right there in front of you. You’ll notice a beautiful, clear juice bar case as soon as you walk into the store. It is here that you will notice that there’s nothing to hide when preparing your order. No powders, no artificial ingredients, and no gimmicks.
Fresh Fruit Display

Another great aspect of California Shakes is their fully customizable menu. There’s nothing worse than having a specific craving, walking into a smoothie shop and slowly realizing the toppings or flavor you want simply aren’t available. That’s never the case here. Co-owner Christina explains, “We have many options and alternatives to stay as healthy as possible. We also have options if you are feeling a little bit of a cheat day too. But what really makes us stand out is people can come in and literally get exactly what they were in the mood for.”

Customers will be able to choose between shakes, juices, bowls, or espresso. When it comes to shakes you can opt for something healthy like their green monster that comes blended with spinach, kale, banana, pineapple & coconut milk or choose something a little more indulgent like their delicious peanut butter banana milkshake that contains chocolate ice cream, Reese’s pieces, banana & milk. The options for shakes are truly diverse and even include caffeinated options as well.

Cali shakes also specializes in acai, pitaya, parfait, green graviola, and cacao and oat bowls with every kind of delicious topping you could imagine that includes everything from blueberries, kiwi, and mango to honey, peanut butter, Nutella, Hershey's chocolate, and caramel.

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