In 1993,two young men sought space to sell “made-on-the-spot” gentle drinks known as “smoothies” to beach combers in Destin, Fla. Their smoothies were an overall sensation, so they set up a shop in the town to meet the needs of their growing list of customers who craved their nutritious drinks made with fresh, quality ingredients.
In 1997, their company wanted to expand to include franchising, which contracted a new location owner the right to use the firm’s business model and brand name for profit.
Two years later healthy food selections were added to the Tropical Smoothie menu to support its customers’ desires to “Eat Better. Feel Better.”
In 2012 a Tropical Smoothie Cafe opened close to the Huber Heights home of Tim Poulos. Although he’d never heard of the company before his first visit, he was impressed with its health-conscious beverage and food list, so he inquired about franchise opportunities. He had prior restaurant management experience and understood this company met most of his wants and needs in business, so in November 2013 he opted to be a franchisee and opened Springfield’s first Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Smoothies (include)-Classics: Sunrise Sunset, or Kiwi Quencher-$4.69.
Indulgent: Beach Bum, or Mocha Madness-$4.99.
Superfoods: Acai Berry Boost, or Island Green-$4.99.
Supercharged: Health Nut, or Muscle Blaster-$4.99. Supplements: Fresh add-ins, such as “energizer,” or “multi-vitamin”- 99 cents.
“All Day Breakfast”: Omelet Wraps-$2.49; Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Flatbread-$4.29.
Kid’s Menu: Kid’s Smoothies-$2.99; Kid’s Wraps-$2.99; Kid’s Quesadilla-$4.99.
Flatbreads: Chipotle Chicken Club or Chicken Pesto-$4.29.
Sandwiches (w/side): Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, or Turkey Bacon Ranch-$6.99.
Wraps (w/side): Hummus Veggie, or Jamaican Jerk Chicken-$6.99.
Salads: Loaded Spinach Salad, or Thai Chicken-$6.99.
Sides: Whole Fruit-99 cents; Fruit Medley, or Kale & Apple Slaw-$1.29.
Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie, or Snickerdoodle Cookie-99 cents.
Catered, Boxed Lunch or Tray: Sandwich/Wrap, Chips & Cookie-$7.99.
Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Seniors receive a 10 percent discount. Military, police, fire and EMT personnel receive a 15 percent discount with I.D.
Tropical E-mail Club, Tropical Rewards App and Tropical Smoothie Text Club have promotions to save you money, so check the website for all the details. Also watch for coupons sent to residents’ mailboxes every other month.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is partnered with Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.
Camp Sunshine is the site of year-round retreats for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at no cost to them. The campaign invites donations that are proudly accepted at any location.
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