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Leah Popovic, an employee at Alma Juice Bar and Market in Wickford, pours a "Marigold" fresh fruit smoothie on Aug. 14.

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Alma Juice Bar and Market held its ribbon cutting ceremony on August 1 to mark the new market’s official opening in Wickford Village.

The juice bar officially opened its doors after the 4:30 p.m. ceremony, but had begun operation the week prior. The store is owned by Matt Olerio Jr. and Joanna Olerio, a married couple who previously worked as managers at Shayna’s Place, which is owned by Matt Olerio Jr.’s father, Matt Olerio Sr. Alma Juice Bar and Market is located on 2 Main St., just a short walk from Shayna’s on 45 Brown St. Matt Olerio Jr. described Alma as an extension of the family business, partially due to the rising popularity and business of Shayna’s.

“This is the next step, and we couldn’t do it without our family” Matt Olerio Jr. said. “We all play different roles, and we were overwhelmed by the support we’ve had at Shayna’s, and we are beyond excited to just pivot and take this next step.”

The store offers juices made in-store from a mix of fresh ingredients such as watermelon, pineapple, carrots and celery. Alma Juice Bar and Market also crafts signature smoothies. Joanna Olerio said that the Marigold smoothie, which is made of a mix of bananas, mango, pineapple, coconut milk, ginger and tumeric chai, is quickly becoming a signature item. Some of the other smoothies include Mosh Pit, a mix of bananas, oranges, blueberries, cilantro and spirulina, and Majoon, made of banana, cashew milk, cacao, cinnamon, nutmeg and dates. Coffee, tea and homemade baked goods are also available for purchase.

The market sells vegan and non-GMO foods like macro bars, nuts and chips, as well as other items like incense, body wash and sunglasses. Alma Juice Bar and Market serves prepared foods such as chicken and pasta salads, which Matt Olerio Jr. said could serve as a grab and go in town.The juice bar and market will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The concept for Alma was to be a neighborhood corner market,” Matt Olerio Jr. said. “A place that you could pop in and get beach food or to grab something on your way to work. It’s a way for people to get healthy, tasty food and other goods.”

The Olerios were awarded certificates of achievement signed by Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Jack Reed. North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristin Urbach, Town Council President Gregory Mancini and Town Manager A. Ralph Mollis all attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. Shayna Olerio, the namesake of Shayna’s Place and Matt Olerio Jr.’s sister, cut the ribbon during the grand opening.

“Having Alma open helps continue the revitalization of Wickford Village ” Mancini said. “Locally owned businesses help contribute more to the economy than multinational business because the business owners are here, and they also give back to the local economy. I’m truly thrilled that Alma’s has opened up as North Kingstown’s economy grows stronger and stronger.”

The Olerios said that the key to establishing a small business is to have ambition and a passion for what you wish to pursue.

“Just have a vision, you have to establish that,” Matt Olerio Jr. said. “Make it something that you love, and don’t box yourself into something that isn’t who you are.”

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