ST. MARYS – Midwest Electric recently provided a small business loan to a new cafe soon to be opening in the YMCA of Wapakoneta called Nourish u.
The low-interest loan was provided through the Cooperative’s Revolving Loan Fund, which aims to support local businesses and empower the community.
Nourish was founded in 2013 by Melissa Metz and Alisha Frost, natives of Wapakoneta, sisters, mothers and members of Midwest Electric who are on a mission to bring healthy options to their community. They believe in sharing the importance of making good food choices and using non-toxic personal and household care products.
“Nourish u was born from a diagnosis of cancer,” Frost said. “I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and started a journey of learning and healing. I was frustrated with what I learned and the lack of organic and plant options available locally after returning home to the area after the diagnosis. It gave me and my sister a mission and a passion to educate on our two health journeys. “
Nourish u started out as both a food truck and a catering business, but the sisters hope that with this loan they can focus mainly on opening the cafe. Their tentative menu includes smoothies, salads, vegetable bowls, and TLT sandwiches (like a BLT but with avocado and tempeh instead of bacon), as well as oat and date protein bites in chocolate and peanut butter – their specialty.
“We are very grateful for this loan from Midwest Electric, especially the low interest rate,” Frost said. “This allowed us to purchase new equipment for the space and reduce our start-up expenses. “
Only 15 months apart, Frost and Metz are both passionate about teaching their kids about responsibility and hard work, which is reflected in their business. Their motto is: “When we feel better, we can do better. “
“Our goal is to provide nutrient-dense, quality and flavorful menu items. We will never allow artificial food colors or synthetic ingredients and we will source organic or local ingredients where possible to help give back.
To learn more about Nourish u or to view a full menu, visit www.nourishu.net or call 864-320-8434. Metz and Frost expect the cafe to open in the YMCA of Wapakoneta in September 2020.
Based in St. Marys, Midwest Electric is the customer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative that serves 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Shelby, Putnam and Darke counties. To learn more, visit www.midwestrec.com.
Sisters, mothers and Midwest Electric members Melissa Metz and Alisha Frost are the owners of Nourish u, a cafe dedicated to healthy eating options in the YMCA of Wapakoneta. They recently received a low interest loan from the co-op to help them start their business.