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Rising Stars: Meet Christian Chica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Chica. 

Hi Christian, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
The idea of Juicify came about when I was battling stage four Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer. No one ever wants to hear the words “you have cancer,” and this was a wake-up call. I always wanted to start a business, but I didn’t know what kind of business I wanted. I know I wanted a business that I can be passionate about and make an impact on society so my son can see and maybe it’ll encourage him to pursue what he wants to do. During the time of my battle with cancer, I started to research about changing my lifestyle and eating habits. Even though I did have chemo, however, I did not want to depend on that because I knew deep down inside there’s more to what I was told. There had to be reason why I had cancer. I don’t believe that it’s inherited, I believe it’s in the foods we eat and environmental factors. I just felt that there was more to it. As I watched documentaries and read books about vegetables and fruits it occurred to me that what I was consuming contributed toward the cancer. Before I had cancer my diet was nonexistent. It was mainly fried wings, alcohol, fries, junk food, pastries, and lots of candy. I barely ate any vegetables or fruits. Juicify has helped me have a healthier lifestyle, and as we get bigger, we’re going to contribute as much as we can to the communities we serve. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely was not a smooth road; it still isn’t. The hardest part is the finances. I’m looking into getting a business loan to have a storefront and a food truck. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
The goal is to be able to quit my job and work for myself full-time; I love researching about different types of fruits and vegetables and learn the benefits of each. At the markets, I’m known as the “juice man,” the guy who knows about health and willing to share the information with anyone who wants to know. I’m known for being positive and motivating people when they feel down. I always enjoy helping people, not because it makes me feel good but because it’s the right thing to do. In my opinion, it’s easier to be negative than positive, and it takes strength to be positively humble. The most that I’m proud of is being able to start a business I’m passionate about and be a role model to my son. He looks up to me, and I’m going to make sure his life becomes better than mine by giving him the tools and resources for success. What sets Juicify apart from my competitors is that most juice companies are not in-tuned with their products. Most companies will put profit over people. We’re going to put people over profit because I believe when your employees are happy then the customers will be happy, which will make your company happy. We’re going to be a place where you want to be and want to stay, and the bigger we get the more we’ll be able to give back. 

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
What matters most to me is educating everyone about vegetables and fruits, I’m not against the pharmaceutical industry, actually because of modern medicine, we’re able to live longer lives. However, there are certain things such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure things like that where medicine is not needed. A change in your eating habits can change your body for the better. Not only will you feel better, but you will also look better. 

Pricing:

  • All cold press juices 12 oz $7 (individually)
  • Six pack daily cleanse $39
  • 16 oz smoothies $6
  • Immunity Shots 1 oz $3
  • Free delivery anywhere in Seminole County and Orange County

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