March 29, 2023

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Enter Salad: new student-run salad store to open in Manhattan

TheraPie is getting a brand new roommate this spring: a salad store. Enter Salad, the brainchild of a Kansas State scholar, is ready to share house with the pie store in March.

Jaetyn Conrad, junior in diet and well being and proprietor of Enter Salad, mentioned her passions led her to begin her personal enterprise.

“I’ve all the time had a ardour for diet. That’s what I’m presently learning at Okay-State,” Conrad mentioned. “I’ve all the time simply had a ardour for creating areas the place folks really feel utterly comfy round meals. I’ve not too long ago found that I need to work within the restaurant business.”

It hasn’t been a simple journey for her. Conrad mentioned she entered her main pondering she needed to comply with a unique profession path totally.

“I initially thought that I needed to enter extra of the diet teaching, like working with consuming problems,” Conrad mentioned. “Then it simply dawned on me in the future that I needed to create areas the place folks didn’t really feel guilt with meals, the place they only felt utterly comfy across the concept of meals. I’ve all the time preferred the administration facet of eating places, like creating the enterprise mannequin, the plans and all of the little particulars, and so I simply merged these two passions collectively.”

The title for Enter Salad goals to encourage prospects to eat healthily.

“My finest buddy got here up with the title. She was serving to me design the emblem for it. We have been each simply spending time on Google, simply on the lookout for completely different names,” Conrad mentioned. “I instantly was similar to, ‘Yep, that’s it.’ A optimistic enter creates a optimistic output.”

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Whereas the enterprise has plans to share the shop with TheraPie, the 2 companies won’t be sharing a menu, Conrad mentioned.

“TheraPie is already a longtime enterprise on the town. They’ve their menu — you may already get pie from them,” Conrad. “There aren’t lots of locations on the town that provide salads, so I believe that sort of units us aside. I’ve written [my menu]. You may count on to see 4 completely different salads. Two of these will most probably keep on the menu all yr spherical, after which the opposite two are going to rotate seasonally.”

The salad store goals to be a simple and wholesome possibility for busy college students and Manhattan residents, Conrad mentioned.

“It’s a grab-and-go possibility — it’s fast, it’s quick,” Conrad mentioned. “It’s a secure house, the place I’m hoping that greater than their bodily well being is nourished. I’m hoping that it’s an area the place they will develop their psychological well being, their social well being and actually simply develop into, you understand, extra complete of their well being.”

Sonja Sundstrom, sophomore in animal science and business, mentioned the brand new salad store sounds hip and completely different.

“I really feel like we’ve got lots of chains right here, not lots of eating places which are distinctive to Manhattan,” Sundstrom mentioned.

Averie Medley, sophomore in enterprise administration, mentioned she is happy a couple of newer, more healthy possibility within the space.

“I really feel like we’ve got lots of quick meals locations, which clearly — sure, that’s good,” Medley mentioned. “However we don’t have lots of locations like that the place it’s a wholesome snack second.”

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Conrad mentioned Enter Salad is predicated out of Manhattan not solely due to the city’s want for a salad store, but in addition as a result of she loves the neighborhood. 

“I’ve been in Manhattan for the previous 4 years, so I wish to create one thing that retains me right here a bit of bit, even past once I graduate. As a result of, I imply, this city is nice. Who wouldn’t need to have a enterprise on this city?” Conrad mentioned.

Conrad mentioned she encourages younger entrepreneurs to show to the folks round them for assist when beginning their very own companies. 

“I actually am grateful for the neighborhood that I’ve. I actually have essentially the most proficient assist system. This isn’t one thing that I’ve carried out alone,” Conrad mentioned. “I’d say for Okay-State college students who’re hoping to open companies, take a look at your assist system. Take a look at who’s in your life, and actually depend on them to select up the place you don’t have that expertise.”

Whereas the precise opening date is unsure, Conrad mentioned Enter Salad will be discovered at 106 S. 4th St. someday in March.