By Maddie Van Horn, Staff Writer—
North Shore Nutrition has become a local favorite among students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Located at 19 Cherokee Blvd., North Shore Nutrition is known for its loaded energy teas and meal replacement shakes.
Maggie Makris, a UTC sophomore, said that one reason she loves North Shore Nutrition is that the loaded teas give her energy without the negative side effects of caffeine.
“I am someone who doesn’t like coffee and energy drinks make me feel jittery,” Makris said. “The loaded teas are amazing. They give me energy without making me shaky or jittery, which I love. My favorite flavors are Airhead Extreme, Nerds, and Jolly Rancher.”
The loaded energy teas have 24 calories, zero sugar, are packed with vitamins and plant-based caffeine. They come in a variety of flavors, including Blue Hawaiian, Fun Dip and Gummy Bear.
The meal replacement shakes have 24 to 27 grams of plant-based protein and, despite coming in flavors such as Brownie Batter, Wedding Cake and Peanut Butter Cup, they each only have 200-250 calories.
Hancock, originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, opened North Shore Nutrition on Nov. 21 of last year. Located just minutes from UTC’s campus and decorated with a chalk wall covered in customer signatures, the fairly new location has gained traction.
The owner, Barret Hancock, hopes to continue growing his reach in the UTC community.
“I knew I wanted to open my store in North Shore because I wanted to be close to UTC and get involved with the school,” Hancock said. “Eventually I hope to be able to give students a place to study and hang out once the pandemic is over.”
Many students have been sharing photos of their drinks, which is one of the ways that North Shore Nutrition has been able to grow quickly. Makris said that she has noticed a lot of posts on social media about the shop over the past month.
“I’ve noticed that people post about it a ton on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, and I think that’s one reason it has become so popular so quickly,” Makris said.
According to Hancock, North Shore Nutrition’s business has been taking off over the past month, which is around the time he began promoting Mocs Monday and the store started gaining attention on Instagram.
“I absolutely love being a hotspot for students right now,” Hancock said. “I appreciate everyone coming in. I’m a social person, so I enjoy talking to different people.”
North Shore Nutrition invites UTC students to come visit them on Mocs Mondays.
To learn more about their flavors, hours, and more, see @north_shore_nutrition on Instagram.