Intern Insights – Code Blu Juice Bar

On July 8th, I visited Code Blu Juice Bar at their pop-up location at Canalside. I met with the owner, DeChantell Lloyd, and spoke with her about her business. Always smiling, DeChantell radiates positivity and love for her business (and Buffalo)! Located above the paddle boats, Code Blu is always buzzing. Stop by for a smoothie or juice…I had the Mango Banana smoothie and it was amazing!

What is your name and title?
DeChantell Lloyd, owner of Code Blu Juice Bar

What do you hope your business will do for Buffalo?
I hope to bring a healthy aspect to Buffalo, whenever I’m travelling or get to a new place the first thing I want is a healthy option to snack on. So, I try to grab a smoothie as much as I can and I noticed that a juice bar was something that Buffalo was lacking. I hope my juice bar serves as an automatic go-to for people visiting and traveling. I want to bring something healthy, fresh, refreshing, and most importantly quick here!

What was the hardest thing about starting up a business?
There’s so many! But for me, funding was the hardest thing about starting up a business.

What do you like most about your company?
People. I love meeting new people. Not every city is like Buffalo, the people are different here. I have set up locations at Roswell, ECMC, Canalside, and local farmers markets, and I just love the personality and character of Buffalonians.

Did you fail before you succeeded?
Absolutely, if you don’t fail you won’t know how to succeed.

What gave you this idea? Where did it stem from?
My idea for a juice bar stemmed from my constant travelling. Like I said before, as soon as I get off a plane I would go look for a juice bar and they were everywhere! This is when I noticed that Buffalo could really use a good quality, healthy, fresh juice bar.

What is something that inspires you, or inspired you to start your own business?
There are many things that inspire me, most of them focus around positivity. Mainly I’m inspired by energy, positive people, and positive things. I love yoga, and meditation and believe that anything that leads you to want to help people is important.

Do you have any advice to give to young entrepreneurs or people wanting to start their own business?
Do a business plan, and think it out! It is also so important to do your research. You can’t be afraid to go out and jump off the limb either…if it’s not there, start it.

What do you do in your downtime?
In my downtime I enjoy working out.” Laughing she says, “I also love to eat.” I asked what her favorite food was, and she explained how she was vegan. I was wondering how hard that must be but her response surprised me when she said “oh but it’s so much fun! I only eat local and I enjoy supporting Buffalo in that way.

Who is one person that you would thank, someone that believed in you?
I want to thank the whole community. I love how people come up and want to help. Everyone’s really pulling for you and that’s what I love about this community.

Who would you tribute your success to?
I would tribute some of my success to my family. I have come from a family of entrepreneurs so I have watched them and seen their businesses grow and that gave me the push to start up my own.

How would you define success?
Being able to do what moves you and makes you happy. Believing in that will help you in being successful. Make sure you’re doing something that you truly enjoy.

Did you tryout something else before you got to this?
Yes. First I started out bookkeeping, then I was about to start up a business in the Galleria mall but at the last second they dropped me due to too much risk, and after that I had moved on and started the juice bar. So don’t give up, and things happen for a reason.

What are your hobbies?
Sleeping, eating, and working out!

What’s your favorite thing to do on your days off?
Eat! And anything really. My favorite thing to do is travel. In the United States, my favorite destination is Miami, and outside of the U.S., my dream destination is Dubai.

What’s your favorite thing about Buffalo?
My favorite thing about Buffalo is the opportunity to meet so many personable people. It’s extremely important to take advantage of what Buffalo has to offer. Especially if you’re a young entrepreneur, you have to take advantage and network because there are so many important people here.

What are the first 3 words that pop into your head when you hear Buffalo, NY?
Innovation. Development. Emerging.

What’s next? For you, your business, etc.
Peace is what’s next for me. I want to be in a calm place with a well running business. Balance is also something I hope to achieve. I hope to educate people on wellness, and teach people to be happy.

You can check out DeChantell ‘s website on wellness at http://livingwellwithdechantell.com/.

## Did you start up your own business in Buffalo, or know somebody that has? If so, I ‘d love to sit down with you for a quick interview! Please email me at [email protected] ##