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Fresh Face:  Squeeze On State


“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile. Sometimes your joy is the source of someone else’s smile.”

It’s appropriate that those were the words hand-lettered on the chalkboard of Squeeze on State at its grand opening in early May. After all, they point to some of the key ideals owner Mathew Shook has for his new business: community and fun.

Squeeze is an organic juice and smoothie bar, serving recipes curated by manager Colleen Kauffman that she has used over the years for herself and her family. Located in The Market at Liberty Place, Squeeze also sells granola and yogurt bowls, snacks, and homemade baked goods.

However, Shook’s vision is that Squeeze is more than just its fresh, healthy offerings.  He also provides local churches and non-profits a place to share information about their upcoming events and services, through notes on the chalkboard, flyers, and information sessions.

Finally, Shook wants Squeeze to be a place of enrichment, whether it’s a young staff member making connections for his or her future, or a customer learning facts about the health benefits of each fruit and vegetable.

Shook also owns Horizon Buildings Solutions, a property management company, with customers throughout the nation. But Squeeze is different: “I wanted to invest in the local community,” Shook says. And Shook has even found ways to include his retired parents in the new business—his mom will bake some of the goodies and his dad will help with the paperwork—making it a family affair.

Shook sums up his hopes for Squeeze simply: “I hope everybody finds their own space here and finds a way to have fun with it.”

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