MANSFIELD -- Deanna Vanderpool took a leap of faith last month when she left her full-time job to open her own business in downtown Mansfield.
The Willard resident celebrated the grand opening of Downtown Nutrition Monday afternoon at 28 Park Ave. West with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“It’s freeing to be here with my own business. It’s liberating,” Vanderpool said. “I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur.”
Downtown Nutrition offers a variety of Herbalife meal-replacement smoothies and teas that have helped Vanderpool lose 96 pounds since last May.
“The smoothies are like milkshakes. It’s like drinking something that’s bad for you, but it’s not,” she said.
The smoothies come in flavors like caramel banana and brownie batter and are paired with teas that can be brewed hot or cold. They too come in several flavors.
Vanderpool intends to work with customers to reach their health goals. She’ll even lead a “100-mile club” likely Monday evenings. The club will be for everyone and will aim to walk more than 100 miles over several months or a year. Further details are expected to be shared via Downtown Nutrition’s Facebook page.
Prior to opening her business, Vanderpool worked as a manager at a Norwalk Walmart. She’d visit a shop selling Herbalife products often, and decided earlier this year to start selling the smoothies and teas on her own.
She initially looked for locations in Willard, but stumbled across the former Subway building in Mansfield and thought it was the ideal space. The space was also briefly occupied by Charley’s Good Ground Kitchen & Juicery.
“I love the downtown here and just the atmosphere,” she said.
Downtown Nutrition will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.