BUCKTOWN — A new juice bar specializing in juices, organic cleanses and baby food will be taking over a shuttered Currency Exchange just up the street from a woman-focused bike shop and around the corner from luxury condos.
"If they can open up two doughnut shops across from each other we can have two juice bars," said Ken Kamp, who said he believed Bucktown could support 24 Karrots at 2004 W. Armitage Ave. as well as another juice bar two blocks south.
Kamp plans to open 24 Karrots by the end of April.
Located on the northwest corner of Armitage and Damen in an 800-square-foot storefront that most recently housed a Currency Exchange, 24 Karrots will join Green Corner, an organic juice bar at 1880 N. Damen Ave. that opened in 2011.
"Juicing has given me the ability to enjoy life," said Kamp, who has been juicing for 40 years, since he was 24 years old and received a juicer from his father.
24 Karrots will use its own recipe.
"Most recipes are very similar and many use syrup. Our juices are fresh squeezed and fresh pressed and use no syrups," Kamp said.
Kamp, a Humboldt Park resident, will be running the juice shop with his girlfriend and his son, Anthony Kamp.
The spelling of the juice bar's name stems from carrot, the most popular vegetable used in juicing, while the number "24" is for the fact that most gold is available in 24 karats, Kamp said.
The shop plans to offer juices in 12- and 16-ounce sizes, while smoothies will be 16 ounces, Kamp said.
"We would like to be 100 percent organic, but we are not sure what prices will be yet. Our cleanses will be 100 percent organic, though," Kamp said.