Grounding Roots was College Park’s first organic juice bar, opened five years ago by Orlando natives Jedidah and Amanda Stone. But it’s not your typical, run-of-the-mill juice bar — it’s this big, whole experience with an awe-inspiring story behind it.
For Jed and Amanda, you could say that Grounding Roots was a long time coming. As high school sweethearts, Jed and Amanda have been together for 20-something years, right after Amanda first started experiencing symptoms of what was later diagnosed as multiple autoimmune disorders. For much of her adult life, Amanda was in pain and in and out of doctor’s offices, especially during the birth of the couple’s second child. Eventually, one doctor recommended she remove sugar and gluten from her diet while they researched her options. Amanda immediately felt better and knew she was onto something.
Jed says that Grounding Roots was a no-brainer for him, especially because it meant helping Amanda, but also because convincing children to drink, much less eat — their vegetables was a battle he often lost. He began researching how different combinations of fruits and vegetables benefit the body. These efforts were important for starting the couple’s business as well as helping Amanda because getting the right nutrition often meant the difference between watching the kids from bed or playing with them on the living room floor.
When Amanda’s health worsened two years ago, the pair brought in two additional partners, Steve and Shawn, and it’s usually one of those three faces that you’ll find behind the counter when you walk in. No matter who it is, they will take a genuine interest in how you’re feeling that day, what you’re looking for, and prescribe a juice based on what ails ya.
Learn more about Grounding Roots in our video here. And if you’re in need of a juice cleanse or a turmeric shot like we are, perhaps we’ll bump into you there one day this week. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.
P.S. Our personal favorite juice? The No. 3: a blend of beets, pear, lemon, apple, ginger and parsley. When you go, tell the crew we sent you.
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Climate change is coming. Florida’s in for hotter days, more hurricanes, more outbreaks of insect-borne disease, greater sea-level rise impacts, and a lot more economic damage from climate change in the coming years, according to an extensive new report. The Fourth National Climate Assessment was produced by 300 scientists and warns that people must act “to avoid substantial damages to the U.S. economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades.” (Tampa Bay Times)
A wild ride… This deep dive from the Miami Herald takes a look at the two-week saga of the statewide recount in Florida including info on all of the lawsuits, the day-by-day drama of updated vote totals, the party politics and accusations of fraud, and where things stand for the major players involved. (Miami Herald)
…and a glimpse of what’s to come? Considering how heated the midterm election was, it’s downright scary to think about the chaos that could ensue in 2020. From misplaced ballots to overheated machines, there are plenty of issues for Florida to address before the next major election. (Orlando Sentinel)
To save a tortoise. Olympic gold medalist David Verburg is known for running veryfast, which must come in handy when he’s rescuing tortoises and other creatures from busy Florida roadways. The Clermont resident recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to announce his plans to start an animal rescue foundation. (Orlando Sentinel)
A tall order. There’s a new baby giraffe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the resort wants your help in naming her. The process has been narrowed down to four Swahili words: Dafina (treasure), Milima (mountain), Amira (princess) and Naima (graceful). Head over to the Disney blog to vote for your favorite. (Orlando Weekly)
Now streaming. The true story of at-risk kids joining forces with cops to race dragon boats in Orlando is now available for the world to see. The documentary “Dueling Dragons” recently debuted on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service; those without Prime can pay a fee to rent or purchase the film. (Orlando Sentinel)
🎭 THURSDAY, NOV. 29: Head to the Orlando Museum of Art for Night / Shift, an evening of experimental visual art and performance. (Loch Haven Park)
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TODAY – CYBER MONDAY
🔭 Give someone the gift of a membership to the science center (Loch Haven)
❓ Trivia your jam? Head to Bikes, Beans and Bourdeaux. (Audubon Park)
🎨 Or if paint night is more your speed, check this out (Downtown)
🤔 Meditation for us grown folks (Lake Eola Heights)
TUESDAY – GIVING TUESDAY
🗣 Be a part of the conversation on safer, more inclusive cities (Downtown)
❓ Challenge your Dunder Mifflin knowledge (Downtown)
🌽Support SecondHarvest Food Bank for Giving Tuesday (West Colonial)
🎵 Don’t miss the Rocket Man on his farewell tour (Parramore)
🌱 The Arbotorem at UCF is hosting a plant sale (UCF)
🎄 Get in the holiday spirit at this tree lighting (Pine Hills)
❓ Grab your buddies and test your trivia skills (Ivanhoe)
🖼 CityArts Factory is moving and they’re throwing a pARTy (Downtown)
🎭 Attend possibly your first-ever musical murder mystery (Downtown)
❓ Tonight’s the perfect night for trivia and beer (Ivanhoe)
❓ Potterheads unite (Mills Park)
🍻 Get your booze on for a good cause (Downtown)
🗣 Get up to speed on what’s happening in Orlando (Lake Eola)
🍷 Consider yourself a vinosaur? Learn about tannins from the pro (SoDo)
🗣 Learn early warning signs of depression in kids (Dr. Phillips)
🎵 Check out local talent Thomas Wynn and others (Thornton Park)
🎄 Get lit at the light of the downtown Christmas tree (Lake Eola)
🎄 Or at the first tree lighting at First Friday Festival (Baldwin Park)
🎵 The Florida Man Music Festival is upon us (West Colonial)
🖼 See the impact of Aids through art (Thornton Park)
🌱 Vegan? Check out this surf and turf dinner tonight (Mills 50)
🚲 Join the cycle masses and bike all over town (Loch Haven)
🖼 Take a quick tour of our city’s art and culture (Downtown/Winter Park)
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See you bright and early tomorrow for a day all about giving!