By Dennis Seid
TUPELO – Arizbeth Pickering was inspired by the fruit waters that are popular in Mexico City, and decided the All-America City was a good place to introduce them as well.
Fruit waters are exactly what they sound like – fruit mixed with water. In this case, fresh fruit is mixed with cold water to produce an all-natural drink. No added sugar or preservatives.
“We make it fresh every morning,” Pickering said. Her husband, Rocky, is co-owner of the business. “It’s just whole fruit and water.”
And while there are health food stores selling vitamins, minerals and supplements, there wasn’t a health food restaurant in Tupelo until now, the couple said.
Frutalicious also serves bagels, ham or turkey wraps and fruit salad. A peanut butter and banana wrap also is available.
“They were really popular during the Elvis Festival last week,” Rocky Pickering said.
Arizbeth Pickering, a fitness instructor, said the fruit waters and wraps provide a great energy boost.
“It’s nice to get something healthy after a good workout,” she said.
Frutalicious opened in downtown Tupelo last week, at 111 N. Spring St., Suite 1, across from Sprint Print. The phone number is (662) 401-2427.
The restaurant also is adjacent to Pure Yoga.
Frutalicious is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but it is closed from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon.
“In case we might need to run to the store and get more fruit,” Rocky PIckering said.
The Pickerings plan to add smoothies to the menu, and customers also can bring their own protein and they’ll mix it into your drink. They’ll be introducing green smoothies, made with green leafy vegetables, along with a little fruit.