Impulse Nutrition serves smoothies; Five Guys on Archer reopens soon

Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Correction: Impulse Nutrition, a nutrition bar that serves smoothies and herbal teas, has opened in the old Florida National Bank drive-thru that closed in the late 1980s following the bank’s purchase by First Union National Bank, now Wells Fargo Bank. An earlier version of this article misstated why the drive-thru had closed.

The old Florida National Bank drive-thru building at the corner of Northwest First Avenue and Northwest Second Street recently reopened as a nutrition bar that serves smoothies and herbal teas.

Impulse Nutrition first welcomed customers in mid-June. The business also offers nutrition counseling and wellness evaluations.

Smoothies come in 35 flavors and are all under 250 calories.

The 430-square-foot building doesn't have exercise machines, but the parking lot is used for exercises as part of Impulse's Get Fit Gainesville free exercise program.

“We've found that people, they're wanting to work out, but maybe they're scrimping on their nutrition because they've got to pay for the six months of gym membership,” said Perry Coughlin, who co-owns the store with his fiancée, Rosa Blaine. “We want to give away the fitness for free and teach them about nutrition because science has shown it's probably 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent fitness to keep people healthy.”

The store is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An event celebrating the recent renovation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the business. The $10 cover includes aloe shooters, herbal teas and smoothies, and music by the band Tuff Times.

Firefly seafood on the move

Firefly seafood restaurant has closed its Newberry location on Newberry Road to relocate.

A June 30 post on Firefly's Facebook page announced the closing. But the restaurant's website and phone number weren't working Thursday, so it wasn't clear where the move is to and when the reopening will happen.

Thurmond Realty has the former location at 25461 W. Newberry Road listed for sale for $199,990.

Tea spot coming to Crispers Plaza

Kung Fu Tea is expected to open by September in the former Cycle Therapy space at 3102 SW 34th St.

“Kung Fu Tea is a very popular drink now for the young-people market,” owner Amy Lin said. “That's why I chose Gainesville — because it has the college.”

The franchise specializes in hot and cold specialty drinks. It has about 50 stores across the U.S., and Gainesville's will be the second in Florida, following one already open in Tampa, Lin said.

The space has been vacant since Cycle Therapy closed six to eight months ago, said Nick Banks, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group's managing director.

Five Guys on Archer to reopen

Five Guys Burgers and Fries' Archer Road location has been closed recently because of remodeling but is set to reopen Thursday, Aug. 7

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