PurePressed Juicery opening Friday at High Pointe

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

Co-owners Greg Mansell and Derek Riley are aiming to open PurePressed Juicery Friday, April 3 at 194 S. High St. in the High Pointe development downtown. The juice bar and cafe is the first business to open in the new building along the Columbus Commons.

Mansell, who owns his own law firm, said he saw a void for quick, convenient and healthy eats downtown. "I travel to New York City a lot for work and pleasure," he said, "and three to four years ago the Starbucks cups started getting replaced by these glowing bottles of juice. More and more I saw it in places like New York and on the West Coast."

Mansell said research into the health benefits of organic cold-pressed juices led him and Riley to create the juicery downtown. They've worked with a nutritionist and dietician to develop the recipes. Mansell sees their biggest challenge as educating consumers on the benefits of the juices, despite their growing popularity in Columbus.

PurePressed Juicery will feature 10 bottled juices made in-house, along with two nut milks and cold-brewed coffee. Mansell said they expect to rotate juice flavors with the seasons.

In addition to the juices, they're serving snacks, salads and acai bowls. Mansell first discovered the acai berry on a trip to Brazil. The bowls and salads are served "Chipotle-style," with the goal of getting customers in and out the door quickly. The menu offers three suggested bowl or salad creations, or they can be customized.

PurePressed was originally scheduled to open its doors on Wednesday, April 1, but with delays in inspections Mansell and Riley are aiming for a Friday, April 3 opening.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming spring 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.