We began juicing in Fred's mom's kitchen in Baytown as a way to better our health during the pandemic. We slowly began sharing our creations with friends and family and realized "hey, we make pretty good juice!"
After two years of selling at local farmer's markets, we opened our juice shop inside of Finn Hall in Downtown Houston. With a fixed location, we were able to add made-to-order, functional smoothies, smoothie bowls & snacks to the menu.
Our goal is to provide our community with fun and exciting ways to eat more fruits and vegetables. We firmly believe in the power of plant-forward eating and that eating nourishing food does not have to be boring or difficult. Each recipe is hand-crafted with a specific benefit in mind and with real, whole-food ingredients. We strive to make food that is not only delicious but supports your health and helps you thrive throughout your day. Don't be shy - next time you come by ask us what your food is doing for you!
We are currently working on not only increasing our better-for-you food offerings but also increasing the amount of local produce and food items that we source. We firmly believe that locally grown and produced food is healthier, better quality and better for the environment.
At our shop, we are also intentional about sustainability and the current issues facing our environment. We source locally whenever possible, in order to reduce packaging and travel required. Our eggs are fresh from local and humane farms. We recycle all in-house plastic, paper, glass and aluminum waste. Additionally, we partner with Blackwood Land to compost all of our food waste - which comes out to nearly 100 gallons per week! Most recently, we moved from plastic juice bottles to glass juice bottles. This not only reduces the amount of single-use plastic that goes into our landfills but it creates the opportunity to reuse the glass bottles. We offer a $0.50 credit for each bottle returned.
Our community is everything. Giving back is part of what we do. We focus on working in both our local community and giving back to our home island of Puerto Rico. In the past, we have partnered with Operation Turkey, Caras con Causa, Plenitud PR, University of Houston and more. If you currently have a cause or volunteer opportunity that you are interested in us being a part of, please reach out to Francesca.
Meet the Team
Founded by husband and wife local to Houston, we care about your health and safety as well as making a positive impact on our community.
Co-Founder, Chief Juicing Officer & Nutritionist
Francesca Costa, MS, RWP
Francesca takes care of recipe development, logistics, finances and marketing at CCJC. She is a former WIC and City of Houston nutritionist, holds a Master's degree in Hospitality Management from the Florida International University, a Certificate in Nutrition from Santa Fe Community College, is a certified Restorative Wellness Gut Health
Practitioner and is currently enrolled in the University of Houston's dietetics program to become a Registered Dietitian. If she's not at CCJC, you can catch her at Templ Wellness guiding clients with their nutritional needs.
Co-Founder & Chief Juice Operations Officer
Fredy aka JuicePapi has been able to hone his experience in managing gyms and bars and apply it towards running the daily operations at Cranky Carrot. You can typically find Fred coaching our amazing staff, juicing, picking up produce or setting up for farmer's markets. Fredy is also a loving dog dad and dog walker.