“I like getting to know people,” said Christenson. “I like to be there, even when I’m not scheduled for work. It’s an even better time when I can actually chat with people and not worry about making their drinks. “
Krista Christenson enjoys talking to her customers and learning about the taste preferences of customers at the first nutrition club. Aces Nutrition is open Monday through Saturday and also offers curb and delivery services.
Aces offers a variety of health shakes and beverages in a wide range of flavors that range from fruity to chocolate. So far, Christenson has stated that the highest demand is for cherry cone and raspberry cheesecake shakes with white chocolate.
Aces has a regular menu that Christenson took over from its New Prague location. However, as she learns the preferences of her customers in Lonsdale, she plans to offer products at Aces that are not already on the NP main menu. Her shake of the week changes weekly, and she can occasionally add a specialty drink to the menu.
“There are so many flavors and options that people just get overwhelmed when we change too much,” said Christenson. “There have been some delays in getting some of our flavors and that has been one of my biggest challenges so far … but they will come and then it will get better.”
NP Nutrition’s popularity increased during the pandemic when Christenson began shipping shakes to Lonsdale beyond New Prague. Her clients’ support inspired her to start a second nutrition club, named after the Aces baseball team that her husband Derek had joined when they previously lived in Lonsdale in their marriage.
“I’ve been able to connect with a lot of family members I’ve seen the Games with,” said Christenson. “A lot of them came to visit, so it was nice to see all the old and new faces, a good mix of them all.”
Since opening on Feb.5, Christenson has said regular customers have stopped at Aces a few times a week as newcomers keep pouring in. With feeding clubs in Elko New Market, Montgomery and Northfield, she was surprised at how many first experiences Aces has offered residents of Lonsdale.
Aces Nutrition offers comfortable indoor seating and a full selection of shakes, energy teas and protein coffees. (Misty Schwab Photos / Southernminn.com)
“It’s nice that you are ready to try and I think everyone has been pleasantly surprised so far,” she said.
In addition to having a large number of customers coming through their doors, Christenson says they continue to deliver on Thursdays. With Herbalife, shipments can continue until the end of March unless the pandemic leads to an extension.
As of now, Christenson will split her time between the New Prague Nutrition Club and Aces, with two distributors helping her part-time.
“I’m always looking for more people to join our club, but that will come in time,” she said.
Now that she is based in her Main Street building, Christenson plans to host events at the Nutrition Club. These include shake parties and fitness classes, and some of their friends have offered to throw a spa party.
“I really want it to be a community of its own,” she said. “… I just loved being at the nutrition club in New Prague, and that’s exactly what I want for Aces. I want people to have fun with it and know that they can get positive energy and support there. “
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