The long counter of Healthy Kokomo is still in progress but will soon serve meal-replacement protein shakes with flavors like “buckeye,” “s’mores” and “banana caramel pecan.”
The new business on the square in downtown Kokomo, set to have a soft open on July 14 and its grand opening August 1, will offer nutrient-filled shakes and teas as well as nutrition classes, fitness classes and health coaching.
Owners Arias and Kaylee Williams and their almost-3-year-old son Kenai just recently moved to Kokomo from South Bend, Indiana. A little over a year ago, they tried a smoothie at a friends’ health club, a place almost identical to what Healthy Kokomo will be like.
“I tried a ‘buckeye’ shake and I was like there’s no freakin way this is healthy for me,” Kaylee said.
The shakes have 17 to 24 grams of protein, 21 vitamins and minerals and are 300 calories or less. The couple began a diet of two shakes a day to replace two of their meals and ate healthy for their third meal. They lost 100 pounds together and decided they wanted to help others do the same thing.
The couple and are now trained to help people lose weight, gain weight and care for their skin and hair.
“We want to help other people feel as good as we do,” Kaylee said.
Wanting to bring the concept of a health club to a new place, they started researching towns and looked into Kokomo as an option.
The first time they came down to check out the city, they fell in love with it.
“It was a moment of faith, we just picked a town,” Kaylee said.
It reminded them both of their hometowns and had the strong community aspect that they were looking for.
“We really do love Kokomo and everything about it,” Arias said. “To me, I feel like I’m back home.”
Kaylee and Arias will both teach the fitness classes in the back of the store which will include cardio, body weight, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and Pound, a combination of cardio and weight training.
They will also sell the smoothie mix to customers who wish to follow the same diet as them and make smoothies at home.
Kaylee said she wants to emphasize to future customers that Healthy Kokomo will be family-friendly and have a play area with toys and games for kids. She said they also want to eventually get involved with youth-mentoring in Kokomo.
“We want it be based on family and community and positivity and bringing light to the community,” Kaylee said.
Although they won’t sell food, Arias said they plan to have some waffle and pancake parties.
Arias, Kaylee and Kenai are all excited for the opening of the shake shop. Arias said when it was uncertain whether Kokomo was the place they wanted to lay down their roots, they prayed for the all the people in Kokomo they hadn’t met yet but would perhaps someday help.
“We just want people to come in here and have the best day ever,” Arias said.