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Ribbon cutting held for new food establishment in downtown Amherstburg

Mayor Prue cuts ribbon, flanked by business owners and town councillors.

A ribbon cutting was held last week to celebrate the grand opening of a new health food establishment in Amherstburg.

The Acai Shack officially opened last Tuesday morning with Mayor Michael Prue cutting the ribbon at the Richmond St. business. Owned by Mackie Jones in partnership with her mom Lisa, the Acai Shack has an entrance off the street at 54 Richmond St. or through the neighbouring Towne Shoppe.

Prue thanked the Jones family for having the faith in themselves and the town to open a new business.

“We think this place is going to grow and prosper and you are part of it,” Prue told Mackie, Lisa and their staff.

The mayor said it is a chance to get healthy after buying clothes since the businesses are side-by-side. It is one more thing to do in the downtown core, he added.

“We believe in Amherstburg,” said Mackie.

Mackie added her mother was looking for healthy alternatives and gluten-free food and that spawned the opening of their own business. She said acai is the “number one superfood” in the world.

Acai is defined as “a small, dark purple berry from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, known for its high antioxidant content. Traditionally a staple food for Indigenous tribes, it’s now popular as a superfood, often consumed in smoothies, juices and supplements. Rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, it’s believed to have anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy effects, along with fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. While some health claims may lack evidence, acai berries can still be a nutritious addition to a varied diet.”

People can pick from three different “bases” such as acai, dragon fruit or coconut, one of three proteins, four (or more for an additional charge) toppings and either honey, Nutella or agave nectar. Prices range from $9 for a small, $12 for a medium and $15 for a large bowl.

The Acai Shack’s hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ribbon cutting held for new food establishment in downtown Amherstburg

By RTT Staff

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