How SCORE helped. 

Mellow Banana is a new smoothie shop located on Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande. The Mellow Banana doors opened to the community on April 1st. On the menu you find a variety of healthy and tasty products including Smoothies, Fresh Juices, Acai Bowls, Waffles, and other healthy snacks. Mellow Banana believes a healthy life starts from the inside out. It is passionate about fruits and veggies and the vital nutrients they hold. Along with delicious and nutritious food, Mellow Banana will soon offer activities such as yoga, running, and hiking groups, along with informational sessions to encourage people in their quest for a healthy lifestyle and to build connections in the community.

Mellow Banana started as a dream over 10 years ago in the heart of Chantal King. As a teenager she always wanted to open a smoothie shop. She thought that smoothies would be a good way to incorporate fruits and veggies in a diet. Chantal is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to the Central Coast of California 3 years ago to work as a Physician Assistant specializing in Family Medicine and Urgent Care. Six months ago, she started working for an Integrative health practice called Middle Path Medicine located in Arroyo Grande, CA. As she practiced medicine, Chantal saw first-hand the connection between what people eat and chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Because of her interest in the lifestyle and disease connection, she pursued additional training and certification from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She realized a lot of illnesses could be prevented by changing one's diet. This was all the fuel she needed to further her desire to open a smoothie shop, creating a safe and friendly environment for people to learn how to have a healthy lifestyle.

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About one year ago Chantal met James Clayton, a Louisiana native. James is passionate about living and promoting a healthy lifestyle. He has been coaching tennis for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he played tennis and ran cross country in college. James encouraged the smoothie shop dream in Chantal’s heart and they decided together to open up Mellow Banana.

The journey had a lot of ups and downs for these two new business owners. Thankfully, someone told them about SCORE’s free mentorship program. They were placed with two wonderful mentors, Brad Spahr and Tom Thompson. These mentors were extremely helpful in walking Chantal and James through the process of starting a business. They met weekly via Zoom calls and discussed how to write a business plan, set up an LLC, estimate finances, and find a good lawyer, among other things. Mellow Banana would not exist without the help and support of SCORE.

Mellow Banana offers delicious smoothies with purpose. Each ingredient has been carefully chosen to create a balanced smoothie with specific health benefits. The smoothie shop has a calm welcoming environment perfect to relax and make connections with like-minded individuals.

Chantal King and James Clayton