Pandemic hasn’t shaken up nutrition drink biz

Iron Nutrition has adapted to COVID-19 changes in shopping habits. Jess Duntz is co-owner and health coach.

By Travis Mounts
The Times-Sentinel

GODDARD – It’s been an interesting year for Iron Nutrition, a smoothie and juice bar that opened in Goddard on Jan. 2.
Little did they know when they opened that a global pandemic was on its way and would shut down the economy. But through it all, business has actually been good, said co-owner and self-titled health coach Jess Duntz.
“We had to take out all of our seating and do to-go orders,” she said.
That wasn’t the plan for Iron Nutrition.
“We like to be a community space, and we couldn’t do that,” Duntz said.
But the sudden shift in how they did business just a couple of months after opening did not impact sales. Instead, customers and the business adapted pretty smoothly.
“The community really supported us,” Duntz said.
They finally were able to have a ribbon cutting a couple of weeks ago with the Goddard Chamber of Commerce. And they now have some tables available in a socially-distanced manner, although to-go orders are still the biggest part of the business.
Iron Nutrition offers meal replacement shakes, and Duntz started as a customer of Herbalife products in 2017.
“I went on to lose 47 pounds that I didn’t know I had,” she said. She became co-owner of Shape-n It Up Nutrition in Wichita, and now is co-owner of Iron Nutrition. Nearby gyms and proximity to the Prairie Sunset Trail and Goddard’s Linear Park help provide a steady stream of health-conscious customers.
Iron Nutrition is located at 206 N. Main, Suite 100 in Goddard. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They are on Facebook and Instagram.