Our People Rock: Makenzie Wiegand and Osaka Sun Blendery

Osaka Sun Blendry

Where do you work for us and what do you do when you’re not working for Upward Projects?
I work at the fantastic Postino Arcadia! :) When I’m not working, you can find me practicing or teaching pilates, soaking up sunshine at my pool, working on my new business venture, or most recently, learning to sew.

How did you get into smoothies and juices? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
I studied nutrition and have been interested in the health & fitness field for several years now, especially due to my personal digestive & body image challenges growing up. Before moving to Phoenix this past October, I actually started & sold my first business in Sydney Australia, called Glow Nutrition & Pilates Center. As bittersweet as it was to sell it, I knew my true dream was to open up smoothie & juice bars to combine my passions for health, people, and delicious food.

Osaka Sun Blendry

Who was your hero when you were a kid? Are they still your hero today? Why/why not?
Honestly I don’t know if I had a ‘hero’ when I was a kid. I know I have always looked up to certain musicians, as music has always moved my soul.
However, today my heroes are my father, Steve, my two gorgeous aunts, Amy and Kari, and my grandmother whom I call Sozie. They inspire me on a daily basis to shine brighter, live with purpose, and touch the lives of others in a positive way.

What is your goal with your smoothie biz? What makes you different than all the other smoothie shops in AZ?
Osaka Sun Blendery’s mission is to provide the Phoenix community with truly healthy smoothies and juices that are delicious, energizing, affordable, and convenient.
My goal with this business is to build a national brand and, in turn, change the world one smoothie at a time :)
How is Osaka Sun different? Our drinks are completely unprocessed & natural….Read more specifics on how we are different on our website.

Osaka Sun Blendry

Would you rather have a jello room or a pillow room?
A pillow room! Jello freaks me out.
But weirdly enough, I actually don’t ever use a pillow when I’m sleeping…

Anything else you’d like to add?
Well, I am hoping to open Osaka Sun Blendery by this October. In order to reach this goal, we are running a kickstarter campaign in hopes to raise the needed capital. If you could check out the campaign and spread the word, it would be greatly appreciated! :)

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