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The Green Cat Juice Bar & Market Offers More Than Just Juice

The Green Cat Juice Bar & Market Offers More Than Just Juice
Megan Snyder
Staff Writer
"Pitaya Bowl" with pitaya (dragon fruit), banana, almond milk and agave topped with mango, oats, banana, dried coconut and strawberries. Photo by Megan Snyder.

“Pitaya Bowl” with pitaya (dragon fruit), banana, almond milk and agave topped with mango, oats, banana, dried coconut and strawberries. Photo by Megan Snyder.

With the recent improvements made to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, a drive down Pacific Avenue feels more like it did a decade ago. The addition of the vibrant Green Cat Juice Bar & Market in May 2015 certainly helps the aesthetic. Opened by mother-daughter duo Jackie and Paige Welch, The Green Cat offers a rainbow of cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls and more, made from locally sourced, organic, raw, vegan and 100 percent gluten-free ingredients.

Located where the Bank of Tidewater used to be on 38th Street, this quaint and unassuming café is within walking distance of the beach. Its relaxed, coastal style and laidback staff are reflective of its proximity to the water. Swing by on the weekend, and you just might be greeted by the Welch’s family dog, a friendly Australian shepherd.

Indoor seating is limited to a sun-drenched bar and a couple of larger tables, but doesn’t feel cramped, thanks to sky-high ceilings. Venture to the enclosed patio, though, where space is more plentiful and a fireplace keeps diners warm on chilly mornings.

Menu items are displayed on a colorful chalkboard behind the counter and are also available online. Choose from juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, oatmeal concoctions, salads and wraps, among other creations, all made fresh to order.
With a name like “The Facelift,” how could one resist a blended beverage made from creamy banana, coffee and coconut oil? Similarly, the “Youth Potion” smoothie promises results with pitaya (dragon fruit), banana, orange, almond milk and a squeeze of honey.

Smoothie bowls are a little thicker than their slurp-able counterparts, as they are meant to be eaten with a spoon. They also include toppings, making these a more substantial breakfast and interesting option.

Choose from the classic “Acai Bowl,” which packs antioxidant-rich berries, banana, almond milk and agave nectar sprinkled with dried coconut flakes, pineapple chunks, oats and fresh banana slices. Or enjoy a “Pitaya Bowl,” which gets its hot pink hue from the sweet fruit it’s named after. Topped with mango, this tropical treat tastes more like ice cream than a healthy snack.

If you need a cup of joe before even considering a meal, try it bulletproof style. It combines brain- and heart-healthy coconut oil with fair-trade coffee, plus whatever fixings you like, resulting in a frothy, energy-sustaining latte-style drink.

Named after a handmade pillow the owner’s grandmother gave to her as a child, The Green Cat is a locally owned and operated small business the entire Welch family has had a hand in building. Customers feel at home as they eat, drink and shop The Green Cat’s market, featuring jewelry and other trinkets, which make unique gifts for locals and excellent souvenirs for visitors.

The Green Cat is located near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 3801 Pacific Ave. and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Green Cat is closed on Mondays.