Clear Fit, a new Bellville business, offers a healthy alternative to fast food

BELLVILLE – Folks interested in having a “go-to” place for good beverages and inspiration have discovered a new draw in an old brick downtown building.

Three women, with their toddlers, were having tea and shakes Wednesday at Clear Fit, after going to a morning workout at Clear Fork Alliance Church.

Clear Fit workers tell people how to order their choices and get started with a sign-up line on an IPad. People can start ordering an aloe. Then they move to a tea, and are advised to “pick a shake.”

The choices in all categories are numerous, and people can sample items before making a pick.

The beverages are made with Herbalife products, and a friendly explanation of benefits of using those items is given.

Clear Fit is at 107 Main St. in Bellville. The area has been reconfigured to set up a long bar area, where people can sit and sip their beverages.

Cassie Mikulin, one of the women visiting Clear Fit 0n Wednesday, said she and her friends were probably influenced by the all natural products offered. She said she was trying a “banana split” flavor in her shake.

Chase Jackson and Matt Endicott opened Clear Fit on Jan. 6.

The new owners are going to be open a lot. It is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday it opens at 7 a.m. and Sunday, at 10 a.m.

Endicott said he and Jackson “want a trend” and feel the area is ready to understand Clear Fit’s efforts. The establishment helps with a variety of endeavors.

Endicott said losing weight is possible with Herbalife products, but it can be a long haul. A person can lose 15 to 25 pounds and get a healthy lifestyle, Endicott said.

Jackson said some people need to gain weight, and certain regimens in Herbalife offer help with that, too.

He said the smoothies can be a meal replacement, and are healthier.

It takes a bit of time for a customer to sample Clear Fit wares, because when a comes in, they are encouraged to sign in on the IPad. A card is kept listing their previous purchases. The customer then sits, is given aloe, a tea and then is allowed to specify a type of smoothie/shake.

The wait is not difficult.

Jackson said waiting a bit at Clear Fit is not much different than waiting in a line at McDonald’s.

And he said the benefits of moving from that kind of fast food eating are enormous: The aloe is something that wakens a person. Teas are in several flavors. And a person selecting a smoothie — for example a “dulce de leche” item — will be hooked.

Endicott and Jackson were helping customers Wednesday, with the help of Bryce Lyon, a trainee.

Jackson, 22, said he was in athletics in high school and college.

In the hours when he is not at Clear Fit, he works at Jackson Drilling and Pumps. Endicott, 47, recently completed a 50-mile marathon. He said if he could do that, in a time under three hours and 30 minutes, he is a happy person. He said he spent 20 years in manufacturing.

Endicott said he likes being around vital young people in the Clear Fork Valley, and likes to know he can play ball with his sons who are in their early 20s, and know that he doesn’t have to worry if “they would burn me.”

During a power outage in the village Tuesday afternoon, 20 high school students remained at Clear Fit, even though it was not possible to make any smoothies.

Jackson said they were all given tea, at no charge, and everybody was talking and listening to music.

Explanations are given for the benefits of using Herbalife products. The tea “boosts energy,” said Jackson. Nutritional absorption is aided. There are 21 essential vitamins and mineral in shakes, which have 250 calories.

Jackson said it all leads to “beautification” on the inside and the outside.

The Clear Fork valley has had success with kids in athletics in schools, and locally there is a Cross Fit gym, Unity; a fit body “boot camp;” and a place offering yoga and barre.

People stepping in to Clear Fit can get information about ordering Herbalife products and ordering there earns a customer a 32 per cent discount. Products are shipped to the home.

Bryce Lyon, the trainee, uses supplements, Endicott said. He lifts weights so he is a fit with the enterprise, he said.

Endicott’s wife, Holly, made aprons for her husband and Jackson. Endicott was sporting a button which says “Be fit now. Ask me how.”

Jackson and Endicott — in the expected fashion — each posted a $1 bill on the wall. It was from the first sales for each of them.

Mikulin, and her friends Rebekah Subit and Brittany Fannin, were talking about making the location their place to stop on Wednesdays, after their morning workouts.


By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star