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New Health Cafe Coming to Old Town

November 7, 2013
New Health Cafe Coming to Old Town

Dr. Jena Hullman, DC, a holistic chiropractor who operates Big Beautiful Life on Union Street in Traverse City, is expanding her business next door into a new cafe. Hullman is in preparations to open Elixir, a farm-to-table coffee shop and eatery that will be located in the former home of Old Town Coffee. Hullman says she plans to exclusively offer options that "contribute to a person's health," which she describes as dishes containing zero white sugar, corn syrup, refined carbs, wheat, city water, commercial eggs/milk, aspartame or Splenda. Instead, Hullman will focus on gluten-free, Paleo and vegetarian options, as well as fresh juices and smoothies.

"I have been wanting to do this because as a holistic chiropractor who focuses on nutrition, every day I teach people about their food choices and how those contribute to their symptoms/lack of health," says Hullman. "People are waking up and looking for healthier food and drink options for themselves and their kids."

Hullman, who says Elixir's motto will be 'make food your medicine,' has hired local chef Andrew Hermann to oversee the cafe's kitchen. Hermann has studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked in the Michelin-starred restaurants of the Charlie Palmer Group in New York and, more recently, Lulu's Bistro in Bellaire.

Elixir is expected to open in early December.


Most Recent Comments

 
MOM on November 11, 2013 12:29pm

Wow Jena! We are soooooo looking forward to the Grand Opening of ELIXER! It's totally rewarding to see your belief's, passion, drive and your
"I-WILL-make-this-happen" attitude in full motion
Your deep concern and love for your fellow human beings is absolutely outstanding. We're all so
proud of WHO you are and WHAT you continue to
accomplish. Blessings Forever!

Mrs. Yeater on November 9, 2013 7:39am

I am so excited for this! Finally, a place to eat where I won't have to be That Lady asking about ingredients and substitutions then finally settling for a "salad".

KMassa on November 8, 2013 12:36pm

I have tried some of the food ideas she was considering for Elixir and they were amazing! As someone who eats organic foods/dairy free/wheat/gluten free it is tough to eat out and get the same types of food your accustomed too at home. This will be fantastic!

Karen on November 8, 2013 9:25am

Looking forward to sampling your healthy menu.

William on November 7, 2013 7:28pm

People do not eat much at home these days but need healthy options. It is encouraging to know people like yourself are opening a healthy cafe for us to enjoy. Good luck! See you there.

Ian on November 7, 2013 5:03pm

What kind of water is she using then? City water is probably safer than bottled spring water.

cathy on November 7, 2013 9:45am

Congratulations, Jena. That is awesome news!

Dave on November 7, 2013 9:14am

Looking forward to its opening.

Kent on November 7, 2013 8:16am

We have many excellent restaurants in town but I can't eat at most of them with all my food allergies. The foods she's targeted to remove from her menu are all what make me sick. Most places that offer a Gluten Free menu don't really put any effort into it, they'll just remove the bun from your burger and call it good. I'll definitely visit when she opens.

Julie on November 7, 2013 7:20am

This is GREAT news. We have very nice upscale restaurants in the area, but when it comes to having an affordable, delicious alternative eating choice the options are very slim. Many of us in the area want farm to table food. Thank you Dr. You will do well.

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