Bringing the first juice bar to Denton, TWU Alumna and current student, Loni Puckett began her business as a booth at the Denton Community Market in 2015.
Now, Puckett continues to bring over 50 organic fruit and vegetable juices, cleanses, and natural baked goods to the Denton community as the Juice Lab on Elm St. Staying true to their beginnings, you can also find the Juice Lab family back at the Denton Community Market every Saturday, continuing to offer nutritious and delicious juices, smoothies and more.
Puckett explained: “I decided to start a booth at the Denton Community Market just to see how many people were interested in the concept. The response was actually overwhelming, so I decided we should take it to the next level and open a brick and mortar location so people could get quality organic juice every day and not just on the weekend.”
Puckett graduated from TWU with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2011, and she is currently on track to graduate in May with a Master’s in Biology with an emphasis on molecular biology and a minor in Chemistry.
Reflecting on her time as an undergraduate student and her experiences in graduate school at TWU, Puckett said: “It’s always fun to see what other people are working on, as well as sharing results from your own research. I enjoy answering questions and having my brain picked by my peers and professors. It makes you think about things that maybe you wouldn’t have on your own.” She enjoys presenting her research every spring at the Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium.
Being a woman in the Science Technology Engineering and Math field, Puckett said she always strove to work harder to be accomplished in a primarily male-dominated area. Receiving her bachelor’s and working on her master’s from TWU has made that a lot easier, considering TWU is a predominately woman’s school that focuses on the needs of women and has resources for expanding equal opportunity.
The Juice Lab is family-owned, but Puckett explained that: “I started converting family recipes to lower fat, more nutritious versions and bringing them to holiday dinners to see if my family could tell the difference — which they couldn’t! I loved the idea of making healthy food taste so good that people didn’t even know they were eating something that was good for them.”
Puckett concluded: “People like to learn and I feel like by educating them, they leave not only with a delicious nutritious juice, but also knowing something that they had never thought about before. That is literally food for thought!”