Since Jrink went brick-and-mortar in 2014, its strategy has been to nestle a mini juice bar inside a like-minded, health-centric business. (See: Sculpt DC in Metro Center, Xtend Barre in Blagden Alley, Epic Yoga in Dupont Circle).
But today marks the opening of the cold-press juicery’s first stand-alone location in the District, in the ground level of an old townhouse in Foggy Bottom (1922 I St. NW).
“It’s a safe haven in a very busy area,” Jrink co-owner Shizu Okusa says. She should know: Okusa and her business partner, Jennifer Ngai, left their private equity jobs at the World Bank in 2013 to work on the company full time.
The new Foggy Bottom location — the chain’s fifth — offers the same all-produce juices you’ve come to expect at the other stores, including the popular Wake Me Up, made with orange, carrot, grapefruit and ginger, and the Pumpkin Chai, made with tigernut milk, pumpkin, pea protein and dates.
New to this location: a series of three hot teas that range in intensity, made with ingredients like rose hips, elderberry and turmeric. “One is for preventing sickness, the next is if you’re feeling a tickle in your throat, and the third is if you’re sick and just need comforting,” Okusa says.
Also unique to this location is a $9 tasting option that allows you to sample multiple juices. Oh, and a large communal table with chairs, something that was out of the question at the other D.C. locations due to space constraints.
“We wanted to build a community and offer a hangout spot,” Okusa says.
Coming soon: a machine to froth Jrink’s line of nut milks, to which customers will be able to add a shot of cold-brew coffee.
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