Brian and Kattie Richards are hoping to bring some of the good fortune they’ve experienced and spread it to Oak Harbor.
The Elmore couple recently opened a store downtown called Blast Off Nutrition, a place that offers alternative and holistic health options for people looking to lose weight and to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Brian spoke about his experience using the products offered at the store, which is located at 156 W. Water St., and how he and his wife were able to drastically improve their health.
“We joined a wonderful team of people that helped us get healthy and lose weight,” said Richards, who notes that he was skeptical of weight-loss products for virtually his entire life before his recent success. “Now we want to spread that good health to others. We found out there wasn’t a nutrition club in Oak Harbor and decided that it was the perfect spot and we’re looking forward to helping people get healthy.”
The store, which is open from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, offers, among other things, a healthy meal which consists of a shot of aloe, herbal tea and a nutrition-rich shake.
“The aloe helps clean and soothe the digestive tract and the tea comes in five flavors and can be served warm or cold,” he said. “(The tea) boosts the metabolism, and the shake contains over 20 essential nutrients and is filling and tastes great.
“We have over 60 flavors of shakes ranging from blueberry muffin to oatmeal cookie,” he said.
Blast Off also offers energy-drink tablets and protein snack bars. The tablets, which contain vitamins C, B6 and B12, are designed to help enhance mental clarity and alertness without the “crash,” because they do not contain the added caffeine and sugar that is contained in many energy drinks.
The snack bars, made with healthy ingredients, offer a nutritive alternative to less healthy snacks like potato chips and candy.
Brian, 35, who grew up in Florida before moving to the area, currently works as an EMS first-responder. He also volunteers his time and works as a lieutenant with the Harris-Elmore Volunteer Fire Department when he’s not at the store.
Kattie, 29, is a graduate of Clay High School who previously worked as a police officer but is now a dispatcher for the Ohio Highway Patrol. Together, they have three children.
“The program we’ve used is about giving the body proper nutrition,” Richards said. “We have lost 35 pounds each using this program, and the company has helped numerous people get healthy. The body is an amazing thing, and once you give it the nutrients it needs and wants, it does amazing things.”
The grand opening of the store will be held Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 419-467-6846 or visit the company’s Facebook page.