by Lisa Tome
Staci Mitchell's friends are seeing less of her these days.
Since she got involved with nutrition programs, Mitchell, a mother of four, has lost 50 pounds and become an entrepreneur.
"I've worked at nutrition clubs for a year," said Mitchell, whose business Downtown Nutrition, formally opened with a ribbon cutting on Thursday. The shop, on Elkton's North Street, actually opened earlier in the month.
There had been a nutrition club in the same location, that club, North Street Nutrition, closed earlier this year. Mitchell, who worked at Limestone Nutrition in Wilmington, learned of the closure of the club.
"We came and looked at (the building). Within three days, we were signing the lease and renting the building," said Mitchell, who owns the business with her husband, Dan. "We are fresh ownership. And we want to bring life back to the downtown."
The shop offers over 100 varieties of meal replacement shakes for breakfast and lunch.
For Mitchell, owning her own business gives her more time to focus on parenting. She has a 12-year-old, 11 year-old, and four year-old twins. She had formerly worked as an office manager for a building contractor in Delaware. "I retired from that job 12 weeks ago. This was kind of a silver platter for me. It's great to spend time with my kids now. My husband said I'm a happier person," she said.
She said she's gotten new customers as well as brought back people who had belonged to North Street Nutrition. "I've gotten a lot of feedback. People have said they are glad I'm here," added Mitchell.
Downtown Nutrition is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The phone number is 443-485-6849.
A Weight Loss challenge, where contestants pay $35 per person to enter and have a chance to win cash prizes, begins September 6. The shop also offers a customer appreciation program with chances to win free products and gift cards.