Sassy Grass Juice Bar a place for healthy treats, to hang out
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LAS CRUCES – Walking down Picacho Avenue West often means a trip to La Llorona Park near the Rio Grande or a stop at Valley Pizza, Ice Box Brewing Company or maybe Picacho Peak Brewery. Add Sassy Grass Juice Bar to this list, especially for the health conscious Las Crucens.
Guests enter a lounge area as they enter the juice bar, complete with pool tables, sofas, TV screens and more. Further inside you’ll find a juice bar with juicers ready to ask you ‘how are you feeling’ today?
Sassy Grass is at 3100 W. Picacho Avenue Suite # 2, sharing a parking lot with Valley Pizza. Owner Ramsey Lengal opened the business in March 2021 with the intention of sharing his dedication to juices with the public.
“A long time ago I bought a juice machine and always dreamed of trying to open a juice bar,” Lengal said. He said he was a part of Herbalife Nutrition years ago and saw this business take off. “I felt like I could do my own thing and didn’t have to obey the Herbalife ‘laws’. “
His goal was to improve the juices and shakes he saw offered at similar companies. Rather than adding ice cream or other sweetener, he uses fresh squeezed juice or frozen fresh fruit. The Sassy Grass team grows their own wheatgrass for drinks and squeezes turmeric and ginger.
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Lengal said he has focused his efforts on a healthy lifestyle for the past 10 years. He described it as “health in motion”. He said the natural ingredients provide him with the energy he needs throughout the day.
Over the past five years, he has stated that between his diet and exercising at the gym, he has more energy than ever before and has very little to no body fat.
“It’s really amazing to be able to share this with other people because I know what it does for me,” said Lengal.
The juice bar offers drinks made with freshly squeezed wheatgrass, turmeric and ginger, all created to target a particular aspect of health. Currently, the kitchen is undergoing renovations so that hot drinks can be offered, although they do offer items such as coffee, gourmet hot chocolate, black cherry hot chocolate, and cappuccinos.
Lengal said he doesn’t have a favorite Sassy Grass drink. When customers ask for suggestions, he says he’s asking them how they’re feeling. If they’re looking for something refreshing and healthy, the Garden Groove is the best choice. It contains ginger, kale and apple. If you are hungry he can suggest the Bob Marley with various nuts and fruits.
The Sassy Grass building would have been vacant for some time, Lengal said. His brother, Steven Lengal, owner of Valley Pizza, encouraged him to take over the location for his own business.
Lengal said their spring opening was a success and the summer of 2021 was particularly busy. However, as the weather cooled, business slowed down. While regulars still arrive and business is stable, Lengal said it has been difficult trying to communicate the juice bar is there and open.
“I believe a lot of Last Cruces don’t know about us yet,” he said.
Not only for drinks, Sassy Grass also has a chill out lounge. Lengal said he has hosted several pool tournaments, drawing attention to his publicly accessible 9-foot pool tables. He said he hopes to introduce several PlayStation5 consoles to offer games to customers and possibly host tournaments on the road.
“That’s the right vibe that I think Cruces needs alcohol-free,” Lengal said.
Guests will also find a wide range of local art inside Sassy Grass, all available for purchase and live music from time to time. Supporting other local businesses and artists is important to him, Lengal added.
To the right of the main entrance to Sassy Grass is an addition to the juice bar – a CBD shop. Lengal said it was important for him to offer CBD products as they serve as natural and more organic remedies for a wide range of ailments.
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He is currently in the process of applying for a cannabis dispensary license to further expand the smoking area of the business.
After receiving support from Valley Pizza, Crunch Fitness and others in the community, Lengal said he plans to pay it off this year with community events, area cleanups and anything he can do to support the local community.
“I am very lucky to have made it this far,” he said. “It hasn’t been easy, but it’s totally worth it.”
Pass by Sassy Grass or catch them at the fine art flea market every first Friday of the month in Plaza de Las Cruces with hot drinks in the winter and cool aguas frescas in the warmer months.