By Jennifer Farnsworth
BARE Blends is a new eatery in Saratoga Springs offering dishes like Beach Bum Bowl and Chunky Monkey, smoothies, juices and more.
Sisters Sue Collett and Kim Mackey opened the 18 Congress St. location last month and are already developing a following.
BARE Blends is a new franchise and they are proud to be one of the first ones in the area. Other Capital District locations include Albany, Clifton Park, and Latham.
“We see customers of all ages, people who are health focused and just want delicious food. It makes us so happy to see school-aged customers come in often to get their bowls,” said Mackey.
The made-to-order bowls, smoothies and juices often include “superfoods,” which are nutrient-dense ingredients meant to be a major health boost, all while being plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. The menu includes protein drinks, sweet and savory waffle toasts, salads, a kids menu and a “bark bowl” for dogs. There is also an assortment of grab-and-go retail items like granola and ingredients that can be used to make a custom BARE Blends juice cleanse. All packaging is considered to be environmentally safe and sustainable.
Mackey said she and her sister knew Annie Berder, who started BARE Blends with her business partner. They fell in love with BARE philosophy. Mackey said having lived in Saratoga for 23 years, they felt confident that it would be a great addition to the downtown area.
“We chose this location because it is within walking distance to Broadway and it has a parking lot which is a hard thing to find in downtown Saratoga,” said Mackey.
She said Saratoga hasn’t had anything like this brand until now. The Saratoga location is different because of its localized fare that includes a few Saratoga-themed dishes like the Jockey Juice, Broadway Beauty, and the Runner Up. Currently they have eleven employees.
BARE Blends is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Indoor seating is available, and outdoor seating will be offered during warmer months.
Its website is at bareblends.com. and the phone number is 518-886-1426.