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Camille Billy, 25, offers several types of fruit and vegetable drinks at her new juice bar. COURTESY PHOTO
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Local 25-year-old opens first business in bakery

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by: Mike Cavaliere Multimedia Director

Camille’s Juice Bar, owned by 25-year-old Camille Billy, opened May 25 inside Beachside Bakery, in Flagler Beach.

For 25-year-old Camille Billy, life after college has been anything but a straight line.

Having recently opened her first business, Camille’s Juice Bar, in the Beachside Bakery, in Flagler Beach, Billy graduated from Stetson University in 2009 with a degree in psychology. She manages a local gym, blogs professionally and works for BabyPickel.com, a group that aids single moms and families in need.

But even though the many roads she’s taken after school might seem divided, they have always been connected by one recurring theme: health and wellness.

“I always knew I wanted to help people,” Billy said. “But being a business owner molded into itself. I opened the juice bar because I care about helping others get healthy.”

In her blog, she writes about healthy recipes, products and lifestyles. And having minored in family business, Billy puts her psychology skills to use for Baby Pickel, by working in a therapist-like capacity.

So when the opportunity to juice for a living came along, Billy couldn’t help but jump at it.

Already established as a community restaurant, the Beachside Bakery rents wall space to eight local craft vendors and offers parking space to a hot dog cart. It also already focuses its menu toward the health-conscious, offering items like yogurt, parfaits and wraps.

Owners Scott and Joni Triplett wanted a juice bar next. And Billy fit the bill.

“Juicing is a big part of how I maintain my health,” Billy added. “Being able to share what it is I do is a dream.”

But deciding to fully commit to entrepreneurship wasn’t always easy.

“Diving into starting my own business was new for me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” she added. “It’s human instinct to be concerned about unknown territory. One of the biggest ways I put my concerns to rest was by asking myself, ‘What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?’”

Billy aims to educate residents about healthy living through her juice bar. With Type 2 Diabetes running in her family, she says she has a passion to “fight against the statistic.”

“Adding fresh juice improves life expectancy and health by detoxifying the body,” she said of the nine fruit and vegetable concoctions currently offered on her menu.

She is also in the process of bringing in healthy snacks, like protein bars, granola and banana chips.

For more, call 402-882-2297, or visit www.CamillesJuiceBar.com.

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