The city’s newest nutritional hub is open thanks to the vision of Mariela Vasquez and Marcus Vasquez, who wanted to share their passion for wellbeing with their fellow Turlock residents.
Ironically located next to Fails Donut Factory off North Center Street in downtown Turlock, the Vasquezes have transformed what was once a bleak, boring space into a hangout spot filled with photo-ready backdrops, healthy menu items and Nutritional Vibes — the name of their new business.
“We definitely envision being able to plug into the community, share nutrition and have a really chill spot to come grab a shake on the go, an energizing tea or all of the other goodies we have here,” Mariela Vasquez said.
Nutrition Vibes has a variety of healthy shakes, energizing drinks and protein bars to fulfill all of its customers’ pre- and post-workout needs. Their classic shakes are under 200 calories and are available in flavors like Dutch chocolate, wild berry or mint chocolate, and the shop also offers a variety of other specialty shakes and teas.
The most popular item at Nutrition Vibes is their selection of Lifted Teas, which contain aloe to help with digestion, a “lift off” product loaded with vitamins and caffeine for natural energy that are complemented by a wide selection of fruity flavors.
“We didn’t see too many healthy options in Turlock, so we wanted to bring something that can help the community get healthy because that’s the new thing now,” Marcus Vasquez said. “We’re trying to get everybody on board.”
Mariela and Marcus have always shared a passion for fitness, hosting bootcamp-style workouts for free with others who want to take control of their health. They also offer meal plan consultations at Nutrition Vibes, and hope to one day host workshops and fitness challenges at their new business.
“We want to inspire people and promote nutrition,” Mariela said.
Both Mariela and Marcus still work at their full-time jobs in addition to running Nutrition Vibes, they said. They’re helped by their business partners, Mariela’s sister and brother-in-law Erika Chavez and Ramses Chaves, who already operate their own nutrition club called Shake it Up in Atwater.
“They inspired us to make an impact on our community,” Mariela said.
When searching for a location for Nutrition Vibes, the couple knew they wanted to be downtown. While nothing was available right on Main Street, when their current location popped up for lease, they knew it was the perfect spot. Once they got the keys last December, the hard work began transforming the empty room into a safe haven for those who want a healthy meal option or a place to simply relax.
“We wanted to make the spot more modern, so we have different walls for pictures for social media because you know how kids are,” Marcus said. “It’s a place where people can hang out and get healthy at the same time.”
Type of business: Healthy café
Location: 334 N. Center St. Suite C, Turlock
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday;
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday;
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Contact information: 209-277-9826; @nutritionvibesturlock on Instagram