Where: 615 S Lake St., in Gary
The health food store and juice bar provides Gary's Miller neighborhood with an assorted collection of nutritional goodies.
The store offers all-natural body soaps, organic teas, healthy snacks, Bai antioxidant infusion drinks, and honey that’s harvested locally in the Miller area. The juice bar offers smoothies, wheatgrass shots, chai lattes with hemp milk, and pressed juice made with ingredients like carrots, beats, celery, apple and kale.
Customers can add extras like cod liver oil, ginger, ginseng, royal jelly and wheat germ.
“We list the benefits and tell the clientele what’s good for them,” owner Rebecca Raspberry said. “We want to grow the education component to teach customers about health and healthy living. We’d like to have a yoga evening and meditation and talks about essential oils.”
Raspberry, who moved to Miller a decade ago, has been interested in health and wellness her whole life. She was raised in a pioneering health food store, the House of Gandhi in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Her father Marque Raspberry ran the store for 14 years before it closed in 1983.
“Eating healthy is all I know,” she said. “The other kids at school would eat Ho Hos and Twinkies and wonder why my food looked so different.”
Vibrations has outdoor seating for the summertime crowd, as well as a small menu with sandwiches and salads.
“We want people to treat it as a hangout, sit in the juice bar and network,” she said.