We have a goal to connect more with you, our Blended community, so every few weeks we profile a Blended customer to learn and share more about their story. If you have one you'd like to tell, please email us.
When Blended’s founder, Deanna, first learned about customer Suzanne Hampson, she loved her tell-it-like-it-is approach to life, health and the amazing ‘why’ behind her Calgary-based company, Bar Star Buch. Today, we’re talking to her about it all. Learn more about Suzanne and enter to win an 8-pack of her fave Blended smoothies below.
Our Q + A with Suzanne
Q: Tell us a little about yourself & your company, Bar Star Buch
A: I’m the Founder + Boss Buch behind Bar Star Buch kombucha on-tap. I created my company not only because of my love for buch, but to help support my health and others. I’d been suffering from IBS for almost 15 years before discovering kombucha, which literally changed my life. I also quit drinking alcohol & partying, but found peer pressure around not drinking overwhelming at times, so I started bringing my own kombucha. Around the same time, my brother-in-law was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (terminal brain cancer) and I could see he was struggling in social situations, too. We were also both taking some of the same holistic supplements (turmeric, reishi/chaga, rhodiola), which gave me the idea to create unique kombucha brews that included them and their mega health benefits. Bar Star Buch was born in February 2018.
I am proud to be building a business with positive health and community impact. All the ingredients are intentional, organic and sourced locally when possible. It’s also a zero-waste company and 100% of the proceeds from 1-2 special limited edition seasonal flavours go back to a local charity. The Bar Star Buch brand was created as a way to remove the ‘hippie stigma’ of kombucha: to make healthy choices feel sexy & cool. Is anything sexier than good health?
*kombucha is a fermented tea that has been revered for its health benefits; rich in beneficial probiotics, antioxidants and immunity-boosting properties.
Q: How has resilience been showing up for you over the last couple of months?
A: All of the retail spaces where my büch sold were shut down overnight. Literally weeks prior to covid I had launched a home delivery system that was more “underground”. When my business had to do a complete 180 from retail to direct delivery to customers, I was almost ready, so I just went for it…and it worked! I’ve had to upgrade processes quickly & it’s making for some long work days (often behind the delivery wheel), but it’s been really fun meeting new people, customers, and collaborating with other business owners & local charities...this kind of networking/friendship building is my jam.
Q: How do Blended smoothies fit into your daily hustle & made a difference for you?
A: Blended For You smoothies have literally helped me to get through the day without having a total energy crash. I was skeptical at first because I was a smoothie hater and I’ve also struggled with disordered eating & food phobias/allergies. A friend, Michelle McGrattan, recommended Blended to me to take in my purse when I’m on the go (because I was majorly under-eating & tired all the damn time). I was hooked when I tried the Green Daily Dose and the Greens D-tox. I drink Blended as a part of my on-the-go lifestyle and I feel zero phobia/guilt when I have one because they make me feel great, they have the best ingredients & are perfectly portioned. They make the perfect snack when I am driving around doing kombucha home deliveries or getting my teenage son to his next basketball game. And lately I also LOVE to have them for post-workout recovery because I cannot make a smoothie taste as good as Blended can!
Q: How do you #getblended?
A: I have them straight up with a straw, juice box style.
Q: Which blends are your faves?
A: ALL OF THEM! But check out my top 8 below....(and enter to win them)
Q: Finally, what would be a key health tip(s) you'd share?
A: A lot of people, women especially, can’t justify the cost of investing in their physical health for various reasons. I just know if you don’t spend the money on good quality health products (like Blended For You) that help you be your best self, and make your own health a priority, then what are you doing? If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.
Win Suzanne's Top 8 Blended Picks
To Enter: please email us or tag the instagram post with the above picture of Suzanne before Sunday.
Contest closes Sunday, May 31st, 2020. valid for our regular service areas in British Columbia & Alberta.