‘Health emergency’ prompted Richmond cafe to launch juice bar

RICHMOND, Va. — A health emergency prompted a Richmond man to expand his family’s cafe to also focus on cold-pressed juice.

A.J. Brewer started the juice line at Brewer’s Cafe after he said the health emergency gave him a wake-up call to make changes in his business and personal life.

Brewer said that while the start of the pandemic in March was stressful, the cafe eventually saw record daily sales in June thanks to expanded take-out and delivery.

However, a crisis struck in late June when he was hospitalized and then diagnosed with kidney failure and “stroke-level” high blood pressure.

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