SoBol, a café specializing in acai bowls and fruit smoothies, opened its doors last weekend in Wellington’s Courtyard Shops. While the new location is the 37th overall in the SoBol franchise, it is the first location in Florida.
Franchise owner Suzanne Madison is proud to bring SoBol to the community she loves.
“This is where I live. I love Wellington, and I just thought it would be so good to put a SoBol in the community where I live,” Madison said. “It’s a very family-oriented community, and a lot of people are making the healthy choice.”
As a mother dealing with her daughter’s severe allergies, Madison has an intimate understanding of the struggle parents face trying to keep their children healthy and safe while still enjoying great food.
“I have a whole section dedicated to any kind of nut or other allergies. I understand the battle with cross-contamination,” Madison said. “We are vegan-friendly, gluten free and dairy free, too.”
Madison noted that many people come down to Florida from the New York area and will be happy to find a taste of home here in SoBol. However, she also carries a passion for reaching out to future SoBol fans in the local community.
“The SoBol brand is new to Florida, but I want to get the community really involved. I use a local producer, right around the corner, and we have the produce delivered and cut fresh every day,” Madison said. “Products like the granola are homemade by SoBol and shipped down, but we get our kombucha from a local guy out of West Palm Beach, and the coffee is from Pumphouse Coffee Roasters. I wanted to use all people from my community.”
Nick Pesko, the director of marketing for the SoBol brand, flew down from New York to assist the local SoBol team as they open the doors to the new café.
“We’ll try to spend as much time as possible here to help get them started, trained and feeling comfortable with the product, brand and process. This is the first one in Florida and is the flagship location. Suzanne is a pioneer for this market,” Pesko explained. “We have expectations to really grow in Florida and already have interests in Tampa and North Florida.”
SoBol is located at 13860 Wellington Trace, Suite 36, in Wellington. To place an order for pickup or delivery, visit www.mysobol.com or call (561) 631-9900.
SoBol is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.