Juice Me, Please

The Gem

Brooke Hortenstine
April 04, 2012

If you’re searching for your trend-obsessed friends between the weekday hours of 8 am and 2:30 pm, try The Gem. Setting up shop inside Duo – All Things Culinary, owners Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman dole out organic juices, shots, smoothies and Holy Kombucha teas to some of the most notable names in Dallas, who all stop by after carpool or morning workouts. The wildly popular Green Glow juice made of apple, kale, cucumber, lemon and ginger, or smoothie favorite Tahitian Pearl, consisting of almond butter, banana, hemp milk, dates, maca, bee pollen and cacao. While chief gemologists Bass and Needleman take orders and chat with girlfriends/customers (some claim barstools for hours to see who drops in), Sarah Gottsacker, aka the juiceologist, mans the juicer. Hottest thing on their dry-erase-board menu besides the liquids and the 11 am daily lunch special? The Gem Cleanse. Choose from the one- or three-day option, with bottles handed over in six-pack beer carriers, which Gottsacker picks up each Sunday from Capitol Pub. The three-day cleanse — 18 bottles of cold-pressed juices such as Green Glow, Ruby Slipper, Clarity Lemonade and Opalescence (cashew milk) — results in internal clarity and better skin, and retails for $195. My in-the-know girlfriends tell me there is a cleanse waiting list, so dial 214.808.1907, pronto. 7721 Inwood Road; facebook.com/insidethegem.

IMAGE: Leslie Needleman, Mary Kathryn Bass. Photo by Stephen Karlisch.