For mother and daughter team, Priscilla Fernandez De Cordova and Maria Fernandez, the entrepreneurial journey began two years ago. Maria had visions of opening a deli style sandwich shop in the Florida Keys but her daughter Priscilla, who had embraced a vegan diet couldn’t see herself being part of that. ” I just couldn’t see myself selling sandwiches with deli meat, it’s something I’m not passionate about.” says De Cordova.
Priscilla had lived and worked in the food and beverage industry in South Beach for three years. “There’s a smoothie shop and yoga studio every few blocks.” But when she moved to the west side of Miami Dade County, she found the same frustration that so many experience when trying to eat healthy. ” I would go to Chipotle and Panera Bread and create substitutions but I really wanted a place that conveniently sold delicious and healthy food”.
Dream to Reality
With mom on board, the two became a business duo and decided to open Splurge Juice Bar and Cafe in Miami Gardens. “It was a long journey but when we would hit lows, I would get a flood of encouragement from those on Facebook and Instagram and it kept me going.
owner, Priscilla Fernandez De Cordova stands in front of Splurge Juice Bar & Cafe in Miami Gardens
Hard work and determination paid off as the two created a cozy cafe that sells vegan dishes and fresh juices without the loads of sugar most people in the area are accustomed to.
New businesses are always exciting, however with any business it’s the quality of what you offer that makes customers return. Although vegans and health-conscious food consumers are the minority in Hialeah, they travel for delicious healthy food are well experienced in what true vegan dishes taste like. I’ve had the wonderful experience of visiting Plant Food and Wine and Basil Park as well the beloved Whole Foods for their delicious plant-based meals.
With few options, Whole Foods of Pembroke Pines is a popular stop for those seeking to eat healthy.
So I was excited to try Splurge’s menu. After tasting the Chipotle Burger (veggie) , The Latina Wrap with lentils soup, The Detoxifier Juice and the Acai Bowl, I can honestly say that the food is very good. The portions are generous and the meals are packed with flavor. You can enjoy a hearty yet healthy lunch and not feel sluggish afterwards.
Miami is a diverse city filled with vibrancy that comes from different cultures. There is no mistaking however, the predominantly large Hispanic population in the Hialeah area. The foods of our mother land make us nostalgic, reminding us of sweet memories. However, the food culture in the United States has declined drastically and Hispanics suffer some of the highest number of diabetics in west Miami-Dade county.
Hispanics in Hialeah have a large population of type 2 Diabetes due to a poor diet
The goal for every wellness related business is to bring health and a quality of life to every neighborhood. If you live in Hialeah, living a vegan lifestyle or keeping any healthy dietary habits is near impossible. An essential part of good health is eating the right food. As Miami grows, my hope is that Hialeah will be a ground for healthy food start ups, fitness companies and holistic wellness professionals to make its community and its residents happier and healthier.
Gift For You
I’d like to thank owners,Priscilla and Maria for partnering with Lumina Massage and offering you, a one-time coupon with 20% off your first meal at Splurge Juice Bar and Cafe. Whether you love meat or are an all-out vegan, I’m certain that you will truly enjoy all the tasty dishes at Splurge.
Use this coupon at the register for some vegan goodness.
Splurge Juice Bar and Cafe
Michelle Orchid Rodriguez is an entrepreneur,health and wellness blogger and a licensed Massage Therapist. Her mission is to promote a higher quality of life through healthy living. She is the founder and CEO of Lumina Massage Inc., a Miami-based specialty massage company that focuses on neuromuscular therapy and prenatal bodywork. Social Media:Facebook, Instagram