Founded by Angi and Marielys in March 2018, this intimate breath of "fresh food" destination has received a warm welcome from the community at large, with an expanding customer base of regulars and newbies.
After some friendly conversation, a delicious wedge of fresh watermelon and a ginger shot, I was informed that in addition to doing pop-up markets, this healthy fare company also had a brick and mortar location in the Bronx. While the Bronx does not, as yet have an extensive vegan food scene as some other New York City boroughs, I was most encouraged that the trend was off to a start in this beloved borough. I knew I would soon be paying a visit to their store location on Third Avenue!
The space is intimate with counter service for their menu of smoothies, shakes, healthy shots, salads, wraps and paninis - all of which are customizable with ingredients of choice. Open display cases line the store, for visibility to patrons to select their items of choice.
I was thrilled that most of their menu is vegan, offering a world of possibilities to the plant-based dietary needs of this exploding segment of eaters. As a result, this Bronx foodie destination is now one of hundreds of Travelin' Cousins Vegan Approved foodie destinations around the world! But, I digress.
Both emigrated as little girls to the States from the Dominican Republic. and havie been friends since their youth With a shared entrepreneurial spirit and desire to offer their Bronx community healthy and alternative food options, they opened Freshly Made just eight months ago.
According to Angi, "the neighborhood has embraced Freshly Made,for the lighter options we offer to the local community." Their menu is unique to the neighborhood in which their store resides and from the success they continue to experience, it is safe to say, these business owners clearly filled a void in the area.
So, what do you think was next for me? Yup - a tasting!
I decided to start with a smoothie, for which I relied on Angi to assist me in making the blend. Her suggestion of blueberries, mango, banana and green apple was a yummy choice!! It was perfectly quenching and tasty.
Equally exciting is that these Bronx business owners are female, bringing some diversity to the area and hopefully, an inspiration to other young entrepreneurial woman to follow their business dreams! Kudos to these two neighborhood trend setters!
2535 Third Avenue