When some say why, Jennifer Dolphin says why not.

As the founder of Local Juice Co., she has brought health and inclusivity to Scranton. Jennifer understood the need to remedy the lack of local healthy food options and was determined to do something about it. As someone familiar with dietary restrictions, Jennifer’s business enables her to provide her community with healthy food options on the go. Local Juice Co. offers customers a variety of juices, smoothies, and sandwiches, all made with organic ingredients. Her passion for her business and community is undeniable.

So, who is Jennifer Dolphin?

When Dolphin speaks, she exudes kindness, positivity and unerring sincerity. Over the past 10 years, Dolphin has suffered from health complications, which at one point, left her fighting for her life. Although she faced challenges, it strengthened her appreciation for life and gave her the courage to pursue her business. Her past is a major part of her, and Jennifer will never shy away from that. She will always embrace her journey as her trials and tribulations brought her to where she is today.

Dolphin believes that we are all obligated to better ourselves, and health and nutrition are vital to reaching our full potential. When at restaurants, she has personally struggled with finding suitable foods, which is why she is adamant about her Local Juice Co. being inclusive to all. She wants her customers to feel welcome and to know that they fuel their bodies with the proper nutrients. As for the future of Local Juice Co., she plans to evolve. She considers herself a go-with-the-flow type of person who embraces the unknown. She says, “wherever the wind will blow me, I know it will be good.” Staying stagnant is boring, and Dolphin welcomes change with open arms.

In her moments of hardship, Jennifer makes it a point to remember what is truly important and refuses to take even little moments for granted. She loves every part imaginable of owning her own business. It is evident that she truly cares about her business. She spoke of the incomparable support she receives from her family, especially her husband. One of her favorite moments of the day is when she is alone in her store and begins to see the sun peak through the windows. At this moment, Dolphin reflects on all she has accomplished and is extra grateful for the life she fought to live.

Jennifer reached out to the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center with questions related to starting a business. The center provided guidance in selling food and juices in Scranton as well as general startup advice. She found her location at 1427 Ash St. in Scranton’s Petersburg Corners area in mid-September. Securing contractors was the hardest part, but family friends were able to pitch in and she opened the doors to Local Juice Co. on Dec. 4.

“Things are going really well, already have a great community following and a great set of regulars. I’m building a nice brand for myself,” Dolphin said.

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