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Meet Nikki Hazamy of The Corner Beet and Rooted Heart Yoga & Wellness in Capitol Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Hazamy.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nikki. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The Corner Beet was started by my business partner and I under the name of Gypsy Juice. Like many small businesses born in Denver, we used a commissary kitchen to make our juice a vended as many local and small festivals and markets around town. We were gaining momentum and started to look for a brick and mortar location when one approached us. The landlord of 1401 Ogden met us outside of a health fair and explained to us about her location that was recently for lease. We toured the space and she dropped keys into our hand and told us to worry about the rent in a few months. We worked really hard setting up our space and moving along as fast as we could until we realized we had more to offer than juice. Our kitchen had space to bring in an element of food and out of that was born the Corner Beet. Neither of us knew anything about operating a restaurant so there were many growing pains along the way. I used the basic culinary knowledge I had learned from my mother and love for fresh ingredients and created a menu which evolved from that. Gypsy juice now Corner Beet was born on the idea that Denver might be the fittest city but its healthy food options were lacking, specifically organic. My business partner and I eventually parted ways and I headed up the operation solo. Shortly after, our now head chef, William Howell walked through our door and helped me pick up the pieces. The days were grueling, long, and sometimes had no end in sight. As we started to gain moment, with hardly a staff, the type of people we attracted who genuinely wanted to be part of what we were doing let the beet guide its own culture. The beet took on its own form from decadent toasts to acai bowls and smoothies, although we still do almost half of our sales in juice and are lucky to continue being known for our delicious vegetable blends. We now host live music on some of the weekend evenings and known for our open mic community, one of the top 10 in Denver. We are continuing to stay with the trend of health and always changing up our superfood latte menu or the toast of the day.

When the hair salon departed in October 2018, located next door to the Corner Beet, I saw a need for wellness and yoga in our centralized area. I hopped on the opportunity to create a wellness space with the help of my manager, Kelsey Bednar who has worked hard to create a schedule and environment conducive to our community. As we continue to grow in this space, it’s a great complement to the Corner Beet’s standard of organic produce and wellness. We have various wellness practitioners that have their offices here ranging from Reiki, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, naturopathic care, and massage. We have a boutique space for yoga ensuring an intimate class setting.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The first three years of business almost had no end in sight. There were some days where I would come in solo starting at 5 am, make juice, hop onto the line, start baking and prepping for the day, run the line and wash all of the dishes. This business was the epitome of bootstrap startup, as we only had a small 401k cash out from my previous employer and a few maxed out credit cards to open our door. We barely had money to make ends meet. We were so fortunate to have all of the equipment we needed at the time left inside our of our space. Having a business partner was one of the biggest struggles, we didn’t always see eye to eye, in the end, I am thankful for the help that I had at the time to set up this dream. We are approaching five years in August, and I’ve been at this about 3.5 alone. I think there are still some days where you wonder how to make ends meet or if you’ll be taking home a paycheck. There will always be a struggle, if it’s no longer physical, there’s the mental struggle. It’s hard to unplug sometimes.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Corner Beet and Rooted Heart Yoga & Wellness – what should we know?
The Corner Beet specializes in organic cold pressed juice. As one of the first and only few juice companies at the start of cold-pressed juice in Denver, we pride ourselves on being 100% organic. Our produce for food is around 95% organic across the board. We like to be known as one of the first places in Denver to offer toast as a full meal with lighter options as well. We have a great superfood latte menu and we are always staying ahead of health trends. Although we do what we want, our vibe and environment make us unique. Almost everything on our menu can easily be made vegan and we cater to so many different diets, just ask us! Our staff is so hardworking and passionate about what they do, they love coming to work and operate as a family. I believe the love put into the things we offer is something that can also set us aside from other businesses. I am proud to have built a foundation that attracts all walks of life, and the openness to keep evolving with suggestions and passion from employees to customers.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I owe a lot of my cheerleading credit to my friends and family, naturally. As mentioned before, William Howell our head chef who has been with me the longest and secondly my manager Celeste Utke who works around the clock scheduling over 20 employees and waking up at 4 am to bake. I have had many people to thank along the way, specifically business mentors, Mike and Lenak Huggins, the owners of Arvada Tavern and various other cocktail bars and restaurants around town. There are so many names to list. However, our open mic host, Gio Barabadze who grew our open mic into a city-wide success and a most sought after open mic. I would also like to mention one of our biggest vendors, Growers Organic who have worked with us since day 1 ensuring quality produce and sourcing local as much as possible to make us what they call, “hyper-local”. Finally, Kelsey Bednar for spearheading Rooted Heart Yoga & Wellness studio dream, adding her mark, and working with us to grow as a community staple alongside the Beet.

Pricing:

  • First time yoga students $30 for 30 days
  • $9 12oz organic cold pressed juice pressed daily
  • $8 for two slices of avocado toast

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Image Credit:
Kelsey Bednar

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