Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiara Bland.
Hi Tiara, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
In 2018, I began juicing for the first time. I fell in love and never turned back. Since incorporating fresh juices into my daily life, it has helped me get proper nutrition, increased energy, and clearer skin. Juicing became my new hobby and has been therapeutic in my free time since my job as a school psychologist can be stressful. In June 2020, I was hanging out with a close friend and jokingly mentioned starting a juice business. Of course, this friend thought it was a good idea and encouraged me to make it happen.
After that conversation, I prayed about it and decided to start a juice business. With the support of my parents, sisters, and boyfriend, they tremendously helped me with getting started. From sampling juices and giving feedback, making sure my website and store were working, putting labels on the bottles, and so much more. Without God and my support system, none of this would be possible. In July 2020, Temple Juices launched. My family and friends have overwhelmingly supported my business in this past year. Temple Juices will be celebrating its first anniversary on July 13th, 2021.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Oh no, it has not been a smooth road. My background is not in business, so this was a whole new world for me. Making juices and interacting with customers is the easy and fun part. However, I had to learn and teach myself new skills to make this business happen. Being a new business owner in the middle of a global pandemic brought another layer of struggles. However, this journey has taught me to be even more resilient, patient, flexible, and focus on things within my control. I would encourage any new business owners or anyone reading this to remember your purpose when things get challenging. There will be highs and lows in having a business, but it’s how you push through and overcome such difficulties.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Temple Juices is a black-owned juice business serving the Baltimore area. We believe our bodies are a temple and to be mindful of what we’re eating and drinking. Temple Juices currently offers five fresh cold-pressed juices and are made with 100% fruits and vegetables. We are known for our 16 oz juices, carafes, and juice cleanses packages. Our juices are great for cleansing, detoxifying, and supporting a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking for fresh juice for yourself, kids, family, coworkers, or for parties, Temple Juices is here for you!
- 16 oz Juices- $9.00
- Carafes- $25
- Juice Cleanse Packages- $45-$135
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.templejuices.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/templejuices/
Tiara Bland and Tammara Sutton