A spectacular new smoothie shop has popped up at 91 High Street in Andover.
Dorthe Thomas’s Smoothers and Shakers business took up residence in the pop-up shop on Monday and will be open to the public for the next five weeks.
As well as a range of delicious fresh fruit smoothies, shoppers can shake away their woes and waistlines with a session on the store’s power plates. The vibrating plates help burn fat, tone and tighten muscles and increase flexibility and circulation.
Dorthe, who also runs Dorthe Thomas Spa, said: “Smoothers and Shakers is all about fresh and healthy. We offer delicious, fresh pressed fruit smoothies and power plate sessions. All our juice is from freshly squeezed fruit; nothing comes from a carton. Our menu will be changing regularly and I would love people’s feedback on what they think works well. Our juices are made to order and are detoxing, cleansing and energising, while the power plate machine offers a whole range of benefits including weight loss and cellulite reduction.
”The pop-up shop has provided a fantastic opportunity for me to pursue a new business venture. It makes the whole process much less daunting and it’s a chance to try out a new approach. And if things go well over the next five weeks this could be more than just a pop-up shop, as we have the opportunity to take over the lease permanently.”
Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Jan Lovell, opened the shop on Monday morning and even tried her hand at smoothie making. The afternoon was a royal affair as the carnival Prince and Princess and their attendants sampled some of the scrumptious shakes and smoothies on offer.
Councillor Ian Carr, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, said: “I am delighted we have yet another local business making use of the pop-up shop. The initiative has grown from strength to strength after it was suggested as part of the Andover Summit work. Dorthe already has a well-established business in the town but this has provided an opportunity to try out a store in the High Street. People don’t like to see empty shop units, so it’s a great opportunity for all involved including the store owners, letting agents, shoppers and local companies.
“I wish Dorthe all the best with the pop-up shop and hope it leads to a more permanent presence for Smoothers and Shakers!”