We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracee Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracee, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
8 years ago I participated in a 30 day juice fast, where I only drank fresh juice and smoothies for all meals. During that time I shared a little about the journey, and soon after many of my friends and family began to ask me for recipes and other ways adding juices and smoothies could assist in gaining better health.
A few months after the fast, I participated in a natural hair event and brought along a juicer and served fresh juices and was a hit.
Over the years I have moved my business from a delivery business, into a store front, and with Covid 19 having a huge impact on my business we are now relaunching to a subscriptions box model that will be available at the end of this year.
What should our readers know about your business?
At Juice Box 215, we understand that our customers are more like family and like family, we all need help at times and with our daily life it is hard to take time out to properly take care of ourselves and that is where we step in. We are always painstakingly creating drink packages that fit various needs from reducing high blood pressure, reducing diabetes and more. We understand that better health is a whole body experience and we offer bath, body, and building a community that help you reach your health, beauty and fitness goals.
I am super proud to be a business owner, it was never something I aspired but I always admired those who took that path and to be here myself I am always amazed at the journey it has taken me on.
With the introducing of our subscription box, our Juice Box 215 mobile and a few.other things we have blending up, I am very excited to reach even more people in our area and beyond and doing it our way.
Being in business is tricky, and over the last year, Covid19 year, I have been asking myself what do I want and listening for the answer. The key to business is consistency and when you start a business model many of us begin doing what we think we should following what others are doing and we realize that we can can’t sustain it nor do we want to. I have become very intentional on the the business I want to have and by doing this I can serve better, this is his I have been able to become wise in my business.
It is very difficult getting to this place because the entrepreneur journey is personal and although you can find coaching, you have to find your own answers and then unapologetically move forward.
I have overcome the challenges by being accountable to myself
getting crystal clear on who I am and what I want and who I serve.
The biggest lesson I have learned since being in business is to celebrate how far you have come, honor the accomplishments that you have achieved in the present big and small, and if things don’t go hiw you thought ask yourself what’s the lesson you have learned and adjust accordingly.
At Juice Box 215, we love you into living a healthy life, sometimes the love is tough but we know the importance of creating a healthy environment can be the difference in reaching your health, fitness and beauty goals.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my bestie was coming to visit me it’s a few places we would go, being a philly girl thru and thru we would have to do all the foods we are known for but all the local spots.
The first day we would go to northern liberties, it has a great mix of foods, bars, spas and is even family friendly. This could be two days, my favorite spot is Las Cazuelos.
Day 3 we would check out Kelly drive which shows bridges, the river and is very peaceful to walk, run or ride a bike.
Day 4 we would go to university city and try some soul food at Bookers, Ethiopian, Vietnamese as well Hispanic foods that are sure to feed the soul.
Lastly we would go downtown for wine and live musical City Winery and maybe sneak in a spa treatment in China Town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest shout out will have to be my mother and my husband.
My mother, saw in me something I didn’t see in myself and with the red tap that comes with getting capital traditionally for any small business, especially businesses that women run and owned by people of color, she committed to being my bank and financed the start of business. At first I wanted to have a food truck or trailer, but we decided to purchase a building so we could have even more stake in our community and provide a service that was lacking in the “food desert” areas we live.
With my mother, investing in me she has allowed me to invest in my business in a way that although owning a property can be stressful and brings its own level of problems. We understood the power we have in owning our land and or property.
And when Covid 19 hit we were able to stay in the space because we owned the building, which was a blessing in itself.
My husband gets the second mention because he was in it with the entire time, motivating me, encouraging me and brainstorming and holding me accountable at every step. Although he has his own business he showed me that our family business can thrive as long as we continue to communicate.