Other People’s Business: Chill Wellness Bar opens at Hillside and Bell, Firehouse Subs coming to Wolflin Square

Chill Wellness Bar began serving acai bowls, smoothies, juices and more earlier this month at 6200 Hillside Road, No. 100, where Build Your Own Burger was until the end of 2015.

 

Acai bowls are typically associated with South American villages or the Southern Californian beachside shops that popularized them stateside. But 22-year-old Callie Hill (C. Hill, the inspiration behind the store’s first word) discovered the fruity slushes in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, where she spent last summer with her grandparents.

“I went literally every day. They were eating my money up,” the Amarillo High alumna said. “I thought, ‘We have nothing like this back home, so I have to show my dad.’”

Her father Rodney, the owner of Castle Concrete LLC, liked the idea and gave her a starting loan on the condition she attend West Texas A&M Enterprise Center training. Twin brothers Reagan and Renick, who will play football at West Texas A&M in the fall, are on hand to help out.

Callie was initially right: no one was serving acai bowls and smoothies in Amarillo when she was in Coeur D’Alene. But The Acai Bar opened at the corner of Coulter Street and Southwest 34th Avenue in January, so Hill altered her menu.

She added Ezekiel Bread toast topped with spreads and fruit, an array of protein-dense yogurts and leafy green salads for lunchtime eaters coming over from Region 16 Education Service Center.

Smoothies like the AMA Athlete (blueberries, banana, kale, almond butter, almond milk, cinnamon, chia seeds and protein powder) are $5.99 for 16 ounces and $7.99 for 24 ounces, while 8-ounce acai concoctions like the Harvest Bowl — topped with almonds, granola, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, honey and hemp — go for $4.99, or $7.99 for a double.

Chill Wellness Bar is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Firehouse Subs going into old Baker Bros location

Things are heating up in Wolflin Square.

Firehouse Subs will open later this year at 1901 S. Georgia St. in what used to be Baker Brothers American Deli, according to Mays Investment Group Vice President Austin Sharp.

The Jacksonville-based fast casual chain sells hot and cold sandwiches and salads in more than 1,000 locations. Founders Chris and Robin Sorensen previously worked as firemen, hence the restaurant’s name, and have donated more than $24 million to first responders groups since 2005.

Firehouse’s top-selling sub is the Hook & Ladder, which comes with smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham and Monterey Jack cheese. The restaurant recently rolled out 3.5 to 4-inch sandwiches starting at $3.99, all of which have less than 500 calories.

Another undisclosed restaurant has been signed to the shopping center, Sharp said, and negotiations are underway with a third.

Grand opening Thursday for wholesaler

ProSource Wholesale will host its grand opening party this Thursday following a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

The flooring, kitchen and bathroom wholesale seller had a soft opening at 6661 Canyon Drive, Suite N in April, general manager Diana Fuller said, before spending the last three months rounding out a 12,000-square foot storeroom.

ProSource sells brands such as Omega Cabinetry and Mohawk Flooring to retailers from its 154 locations across the U.S. The next nearest store is in Oklahoma City.

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