Nutrition Battle

Lakewood Nutrition, Fitness Bunker Team Up

Charity Nuse, left, and Amanda Barton, co-owners of Lakewood Nutrition, recently opened their new nutrition club inside The Fitness Bunker at 9 W. Summit St. in Lakewood. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

LAKEWOOD — Recent visitors to Lakewood’s Fitness Bunker may have noticed that a new enterprise has popped up in the back of the gym area.

Last month, longtime friends and now business partners Amanda Barton and Charity Nuse opened the Lakewood Nutrition club at the Fitness Bunker’s 9 W. Summit Ave. location in Lakewood.

Lakewood Nutrition is the most recent addition to a network of nutrition clubs also run by members of Barton’s family throughout the area, including: Jamestown Nutrition — Shake It Daily, 304 N. Main St. in Jamestown, run by her mother Leslie Nalbone; and Better Life Nutrition, 33 W. Main St. in Falconer, run by her aunt Teri Storms.

The clubs specialize in low-calorie, high-protein meal replacement shakes, which can be made with milk or a lactose-free soy alternative protein drink mix. They also offer energizing herbal tea that can be infused with aloe concentrate to promote healthy digestion.

Individuals can sign up to become a club member in person and, for $6, can choose from 31 different shake flavors and receive the complimentary tea — which also offers a variety of flavor and aloe options.

Barton and Nuse, both of whom had previously worked with Nalbone at Jamestown Nutrition, explained that they had wanted to start a business together when the time was right. Thankfully, they said, an opportunity was presented to them just prior to the Fourth of July celebrations in Lakewood, and the two decided to take a leap of faith in opening Lakewood Nutrition — holding a grand opening on the holiday itself.

“I’ve worked for my mom for about nine years, and she just celebrated eight years in business with Jamestown Nutrition, so I was very familiar with the products and the process,” Barton said. “When this space in the Fitness Bunker opened up it was so easy for us to just go for it. Everything we needed as far as the kitchen goes was already here, we just had to order the product and get started.”

Nuse was also familiar with the shakes, having regularly utilized them in her own personal diet for years, and was happy to seize a business opportunity that revolved around promoting products that she believes in.

“I’ve lost weight on these products before, and they’re so delicious that I would regularly have a shake every morning rather than a traditional breakfast,” she said. “So I just fell in love with the products and I’m happy to be in a position where I can promote them and help others.

“The timing of all this is great for me, too, because I just had a baby, I want to get healthy and I’m just starting to get back into doing live music. So I just kind view all of it as a sign that this is something I should be doing. Plus, Amanda and I have worked together in so many other capacities it just fits perfectly for us. We complement each other well.”

In addition to a shake and tea for $6, members may also work with Barton and Nuse on a personal wellness profile based on their own personal health and weight goals. Individuals may also purchase the shake product itself from the club to make their own shakes at home, should they so choose.

Six-week weight-loss challenges are also held by the club, in which participants have an opportunity to win cash prizes and attend nutrition classes. The next challenge will begin Sept. 7.

Lakewood Nutrition is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call-in orders are also available.

For more information, to make a call-in order or to sign up for the next weight-loss challenge, call Lakewood Nutrition at 526-1332 or find and contact the club on Facebook.