By Jack Despeaux
Elm Staff Writer
The weekend of Oct. 24 offered up some exciting opportunities for the hungry Chestertown consumer or the ever food-focused Washington College student. Tracy’s Smoothies has recently opened and sells healthy, fruity beverages at an affordable price, and the longtime favorite for Italian food Luisa’s Café has moved to a larger establishment along Washington Avenue.
Luisa’s, formerly found at 14 Washington Ave in the shopping center, is now located at 849 Washington Ave. near the McDonalds. Co-Owner Vincent “Vinny” Assante said that the move was prompted after the purchase of the new property with hopes to attract the attention of more consumers now that the café is on the main road of Washington Ave.
Luisa’s is a bakery and café that specializes in Italian food that has been in Chestertown for over a decade. The café, upon entrance, smells of olive oil and delicious breads and cheeses. The interior is chic and modern and makes the stomach growl upon entrance. Assante said that the move has been successful so far, knowing that the business can only improve with the change.
“Even if we’ve been there for 14 years, there could still be more exposure,” Assante said.
Tracy’s Smoothies has now been open at 503 Washington Ave. for two weeks. The owner, Dr. Tracy Davenport, has a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Delaware and taught integrated health care and psychology at Chesapeake Community College. She said that she hopes to educate the community on health facts by using all-natural ingredients.
She said she is beginning her business with a standard price for all of her smoothies at $4.99 for a 16oz. cup. Customers can also purchase protein powder for $1 extra. Davenport said that frozen yogurt, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are to come as the business continues to develop.
The current smoothie options include the following: the Chunky Monkey, made of peanut butter, bananas, and Greek yogurt, and a choice of milk; the Tropical Sunrise, which has pineapple, banana, mango, and coconut milk; the Going Green, a mix of vegetables and fruit; the Berry Nice, a mixture of an array of berries; and Coach Jonnie’s Recovery with blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, protein powder, and a choice of milk.
Tracy’s Smoothies is covered in posters filled with healthy information regarding the ingredients Davenport includes in the smoothies. She stands behind the counter, enthusiastic about her love of health and helping others live in a healthier way. Davenport has ingredients for all, which she said was inspired by her son’s lactose intolerance. She displays multiple kinds of milk, a barrage of fruit, and many other healthy options to try.
Davenport said that until December, Tracy’s Smoothies will be open from 9a.m.to 6p.m., Monday through Saturday. Starting in December, the hours are cut down to 9am-4pm, “Because it will be darker out and college students won’t be looking for smoothies then,” Davenport said. She is very interested in getting to know the college crowd.
“My passion to motivate others to choose a healthy lifestyle was a driving force to start the business,” Davenport said.