77 F
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Gelato shop owners open juice bar next door

Latest headlines

Deborah LaChapelle masters the art of conjuring cloud-like hues that look ready to float away  

After two decades in Mérida, her homes are among the most distinctive around. They are richly styled, embrace available materials and connect to their surroundings.

Mérida’s Noche Blanca 2022 is finally here, and it’s going to be enormous

Five free buses will help visitors navigate La Noche Blanca in Mérida. Photo: Courtesy The citywide arts celebration...

WhatsApp hacks in Yucatán reach ‘alarming rates’

Over the past few days in Yucatán, a growing number of people are reporting having their WhatsApp accounts hacked. 

A Progreso beach is more popular now that the pigs have moved in

A simple concept is drawing more and more visitors to Pig Beach in Yucalpetén,
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine has the inside scoop on living here. Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox every week.

Pola Juice Bar has been spun off from a successful gelato shop next door.
Pola Juice Bar has been spun off from a successful gelato shop next door. In early July, a beautiful mural is almost complete.

Mérida, Yucatán — Pola Gelato Shop has expanded next door, and they have expanded their menu. Now they’re offering creative combinations of fruits, veggies and — of course — chiles, in their newly inaugurated Pola Juice Bar.

The original gelato shop opened in November 2014, and Santa Lucia’s foodie scene has grown around it. Their original operation seems to complement the newer eateries rather than compete, and they have received consistently high ratings on TripAdvisor, where it is rated No. 1 for desserts in the city.

Yucatan Expat“Everything is perfect,” a visitor from Switzerland raved last week. “The design of the shop, the privé, the quality of the gelato, the choices … go there without a doubt!”

The paint is hardly dry at the juice bar, and they haven’t established themselves on TripAdvisor yet, but there’s no reason to doubt the juice bar will replicate the first Pola’s success.

The juice bar serves five different made-to-order juices. One of the owners, Rane, told us her favorites are Liquid Sunshine, made with carrot, apple and orange; and Xcatastic, which is a blend of xcatic chile, pineapple, cucumber and orange. 

Pola Juice Bar also offers five different smoothies, including Zanadu, with carrot, mango, and strawberry with coconut milk and orange; and El Mono Loco, with banana, chocolate and peanut butter. 

Pola Juice Bar has been spun off from a successful gelato shop next door.
Pola Juice Bar has been spun off from a successful gelato shop next door.

Customers can also mix and match to make their own combinations with any ingredients they have on hand.

“We also serve aguas frescas, which vary depending on what we find that looks good in the market that day,” says Rane. 

 {Previous story: Pola Gelato Store opens }

Or, if you really want to bite into something, they’re mixing up batter.

“Finally, we serve waffles!” said Rane. “You can get them topped with Nutella, maple, honey, peanut butter or almonds.”

Pola Gelato shop has a new neighbor: Pola Juice Bar.
Pola Gelato shop has a new neighbor: Pola Juice Bar.

We had more questions for Rane:

What do you attribute to your growth? 

We think people see that it’s a business with integrity. We use local, high quality ingredients and try to bring out the best of what the Yucatán Peninsula has to offer — there are so many amazing natural fruits, nuts and spices! And we work really hard to provide the best possible product for the lowest possible price. Another factor is that our employees are really integrated as part of the team — they help us come up with new flavors and names. We think this makes our customers feel like they’re part of the team as well — the fun we all have in creating new flavors can be felt by our customers who feel like part of the adventure. We wanted to build off of that success as a team and that inspired us to open Pola Juice Bar together.

Expanding into juices is such a logical extension. Do you wish you did this sooner?

The opportunity really came at the right time. We felt like Pola Gelato Shop had a really good rhythm going and we were ready to branch out, but we needed more space. We didn’t want to limit our gelato flavors or crowd the seating area too much. The space next door opened up and we jumped at the chance. We tried to infuse it with the same sense of light and freshness as the Gelato Shop. We painted a huge sun on the wall to exemplify that energy.

Pola Juice Bar has been spun off from a successful gelato shop next door.
Pola Juice Bar has been spun off from a successful gelato shop next door.

You’re close to Parque Santa Lucia, which is so different these days. Has your street changed much? How is it different?

Santa Lucia has so much life these days! We love all the people that come to dance in the square on Thursdays and Sundays — nothing will stop them from getting their groove on — not even the heat! The biggest change we’ve seen on our block is the arrival of Fundacion de Artistas, a wonderful gallery space, and the launch of Color Amor’s gourmet shop across the street in a beautiful watermelon pink colonial house. Our neighbors are all very supportive and it’s been exciting to be a part of the growing Santa Lucia scene.  

Has anyone ordered an unusual combination of ingredients? Which one is your runaway hit? You had gelato with chiles, and I wonder if that craving for heat has expanded to juices — how well does Xcatastic sell?

No one has ordered anything unusual yet, but we’re waiting for them to bring their foodie creativity! People have been really excited about our Mono Loco smoothie and the Liquid Sunshine juice. Our personal favorite is our Xcatastic juice — made with the local xcatic chile. It’s got a super fresh, unique taste that’s not as spicy as one would think. 

What is the price range for your juices?

Our juices are $45, our smoothies are $50, our waffles are $35 and our aguas frescas are $20.

Pola Juice Bar is in the Centro on Calle 55 #467E, between 64 and 62. More information and photos appear on their Facebook page.


- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Yucatán boosts its own unique brand in Europe

Authorities from Yucatán announced a new campaign to promote the state as a destination for European travelers. 

After more than 2 months, why are Mérida’s most iconic monuments still covered in graffiti?

Since the protests held on International Women’s Day back in early March, several of Mérida’s historic monuments remain covered in graffiti. 

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...

The sights, sounds, and flavors of vibrant Chinatown in CDMX

Mexico City’s Chinatown is crowded, frenzied, and chaotic — but in an oddly great sort of way.

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.