Corrine Hennessy getting ready to load up their cold-press juicer, Lucy Juicy. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Corrine Hennessy getting ready to load up their cold-press juicer, Lucy Juicy. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Cold juices, warm hearts at Our Hive

The Black Diamond cold-pressed juice store also offers take-and-make smoothie kits and healthy oat bites.

Black Diamond just got a new health food joint.

Our Hive, which celebrated its grand storefront opening with the Black Diamond/Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 1, is all about mindfulness — especially when it comes to what you put into your body.

“We don’t really do detoxes, we more focus on filling you up,” said co-owner Kelly Hennessy (yes, they get that a lot). “I want to give you ingredients that are going to be your fruit and veg needs today, tomorrow, the next day, [and] the next day. The more you get, the more you feel better.”

In a way, Our Hive began long before the new storefront opened, since the Hennessy family had to quickly become very conscious of who could eat what (having six kids will do that to you). Particularly, two of the children can’t have stimulants like artificial or refined sugars, so Hennessy started to make vegan oat bites for them to snack on.

“These are bites we made every time we went somewhere — a party or a celebration — so they always felt like they could still have a treat without the exposure of the sugar,” she said.

The idea of starting a business with those oat bites didn’t occur to Hennessy until the pandemic hit, and her husband’s job started to look insecure.

“So I decided to take something that we were already pretty successful with at home, and reach out to the community to see if those would be helpful,” she continued, adding that the first place she tried selling the snacks were at the Maple Valley Farmer’s Market last summer. “Without giving away samples, because we couldn’t, or having any product out for them to see, we were able to get an amazing cult following… the people were amazing, the community was amazing, and we did really well.”

The oat bites did so well, in fact, that Hennessy and her daughter Corrine, who also runs the business, were able to eventually put a down payment on their current storefront at 30741 3rd Ave., Unit 105.

The storefront officially opened in January along with new offerings like bottled cold-pressed juice and “take-and-make” smoothie kits.

The cold-pressed juices, which include combinations as simple as apple, beet, carrot, and lemon, to more adventurous mixes like cucumber, apple, kale, spinach, parsley, mint, and lime, now seem to be the mainstay of their business.

The reason they cold-press their juices, Corrine said, is because regular juicers create heat that limits the nutrients the juice provides.

“The heat, it kills the nutrients,” she said. “You lose half of it.”

They way Our Hive cold-presses their juices also gives their products a short shelf-life of four to five days without using preservatives or water.

“We’re just trying to [use] the most quality, mindful ingredients possible for everybody’s bodies,” Hennessy said, adding that 90 percent of their produce is locally grown, and many other ingredients come from other local small businesses. For example, their elderberry is a local organic elderberry from The Natural Mama based in Covington, and their bee pollen is now coming from Bees in the Burbs right down the road.

The business also sends all their pulp to a local farm rescue, and their cups, straws, and lids are compostable.

“We try to be as mindful as possible… we don’t want to be confused with health food franchise,” Hennessy said. “We’re really here to just make people feel good, and we’ll do anything.”

Our Hive is open Mondays through Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for in-store or curbside business; delivery is also an option, but only between 4 and 6 p.m.

For more information about the business or nutrient facts about their products, head to https://www.ourhivefamily.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ourhivefamily.


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Cold juices, warm hearts at Our Hive

The Black Diamond cold-pressed juice store also offers take-and-make smoothie kits and healthy oat bites.