New shake, tea and coffee shop opens in Port Huron

Husband and wife Clifton and Lindsey Jackson were aiming to soft open their new nutritional drink store. Instead, they got overwhelming support from friends, family and the community at large.

“The support is crazy,” Clifton said. “The first week was crazy. I saw everyone I hadn’t seen in a few years, a lot of people came out to support us and they still do to this day. day and it’s getting better better every day for us.”

Located at 506 Quay St., Port Huron Nutrition opened downtown on May 2.

Shanelle Jackson, manager of the new store, said the first week was overwhelming, but very humbling.

Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Lindsey, who has worked in the health, fitness and supplement industry for more than 15 years as an instructor, was laid off from her former company after 13 years due to COVID.

During this period, she took time with her children to go to school at home and to think about her future. After her children returned to school, a friend of hers opened a nutrition store around the same time.

She asked her friend to let her help her at the store, and the very next day she was interacting with customers again.

However, as she returned home every night, she was very passive towards Clifton about the “empire” his girlfriend was building, to which Clifton asked, “why don’t we do this ourselves?”

Interior decorations and renovations are still underway at Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

“We talked, and there was no better place than to come here, and it was all a blessing,” Lindsey said. “We wanted to create a safe and enjoyable place where people can come in and build a relationship with the community, have a positive, upbeat good place to visit on a daily basis.”

Matthew Browning brews one of the many energizing tea options available at Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Although they are still in the process of touching up the decor inside their small but spacious display case, the interior is a welcoming and cozy corner where all customers can enjoy their shakes, teas and coffee drinks.

Clifton and his friend knocked down dividing walls and built most of the counters along the back walls, staining them and burning the wood itself to give it an artistic finish. Paintings hang on the wall with artwork by Clifton’s brother.

“My wife and I just wanted to bring something back to our town and it just didn’t feel right to put it somewhere other than home,” Clifton said.

Clifton, who was born and raised in Port Huron and attended Port Huron High School, described his return to his hometown as “magnificent”.

Port Huron Nutrition offers energizing teas containing collagen, aloe and B vitamins.

Matthew Browning brews one of the many energizing tea options available at Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

These teas include Mega Rainbow Tea made with Strawberry, Pineapple, Cranberry Aloe, Pomegranate Energy and Collagen, and Peach Sangria Tea.

Port Huron Nutrition meal replacements are also high in protein, fiber and low in sugar.

Their most popular drinks include coffee variations as well as shakes such as the banana split made with pecans, vanilla, and banana caramel.

“We also offer a wide range of other products to our customers,” Lindsey said.

Matthew Browning brews one of the many energizing tea options available at Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

“We’re always trying to find our flow, the consistency, the patterns. I’m a numbers person, so I’m trying to see who’s ordering what to track that inventory and be able to meet their needs, but it’s been generalized, so we’ve had to track everything we have.”

Lindsey added that there is no better feeling than having people walking through the door and being able to touch the community, especially those who have not been healthy in the past and being able to to help.

And whether it’s a shake or an energizing tea, the Jacksons are always eager to help anyone with their nutritional needs.

One of many energizing teas offered at Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

“Our uncle, our most loyal customer, in the last two weeks since we opened, he’s already lost 10 pounds,” Lindsey said. “Our goal is to not only continue to build the four walls here, but also to expand to the community. We don’t stop at Port Huron Nutrition, our goal is to touch as many lives as possible. They can also talk to us of their nutritional needs, we can help them move in the right direction.

The Jacksons plan to reach out to educate children about nutritional needs as well as reach out to local organizations, nonprofits and trainers to partner with to support the community as a whole.

Shanelle Jackson (left), Clifton Jackson (middle), Lindsey Jackson (middle) and Matthew Browning (right) at Port Huron Nutrition located at 506 Quay Street in downtown Port Huron on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

They are also planning to do things during the month of June to celebrate Juneteenth. They would like to find organizations within the black community where they can donate and hold fundraisers throughout June.

“We are a women and black owned business in the heart of Port Huron, and we are doing very well. Some people doubt it, but we’re doing just fine,” Shanelle said.

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Laura J. Boyer