Welcome to “Driving Around Town” a new series from Bill Stasek Chevrolet exploring local businesses, organizations, and people around the Northwest Suburbs. It’s our way of giving back by spotlighting some of the people, places, and things that make our community special. Hopefully you’ll discover something new or learn something you didn’t know!
Today we took a beautiful 2017 SS Camaro out to explore Purple Sprout Café and Juice bar, 341 E. Dundee Rd. in Wheeling.
I met with owners Karim and Irina who opened Purple Sprout 18 months ago featuring healthy cooked and raw organic meals, juices and smoothies.
The short story is: Karim was working as a Nurse/Physician Assistant in Home Health and Hospice after a time at Stroger Hospital. Through his experience, he realized the true way to treat any condition was not a reliance on medication, but up to the individual to promote their own health, wellness and healing through diet. Meanwhile, Irina was working in the food industry and was experiencing health issues (digestive) after giving birth to their first son that doctors just couldn’t pinpoint the problem and were trying different types of medicine, which became very frustrating. With his realization about health and food, and Irina’s medications not working, they decided that a different approach to healing and wellness was needed for them, and that approach was to concentrate on proper nutrition and health through the foods they were eating.
So he and Irina started on a health development journey to find and promote health and wellness through a 100% organic and plant based diet. After committing to this diet, Irina’s health issues went away and both of them noticed a positive difference in their health.
As Karim says “Your health is in your own hands,” so he and Irina formulated their plan to open an organic café and juice bar, and they chose Wheeling as their home, as they wanted to bring a 100% organic restaurant to their hometown.
After their opening in 2015, Karim stayed at his Hospice job and did both for the first 6 months, before devoting all his time to the café with Irina. People in the area are responding, in fact many people come from surrounding suburbs to experience their organic and plant-based vegan menu. However, they still feel people are nervous to try it, but there is no need to be nervous, they are happy to explain everything and are very accommodating, they want to show people how healthy eating can make a big difference and can be affordable.
Karim made some recommendations for first time customers:
Breakfast: Try the Breakfast Crepe (I tried it – delicious, pictured to the left)
Lunch/Dinner: Veggie Stir-fry, Veggie Burger, Braised Seitan
Juice: Fountain of Youth
Smoothie: Mango Cream
Karim and Irina also host community cooking classes, workshops, lectures, and supper club dinners in addition to meal planning and nutritional/Ayurvedic consultations.
Purple Sprout is a little gem in our community, stop by and say Hi to Karim and Irina when you’re “Driving Around Town” and tell ‘em Bill Stasek Chevrolet sent you!
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