Saloon Bar offers tea with a healthy twist
WHEN couple Anne-Marie Lasserre and Trent Morris first drove into Gladstone, they loved everything about it, quickly deciding to open their own supplements store to improve residents' well-being.
At the end of March, Mr Morris and Ms Lasserre were tired of working seven days a week at their jobs on the Gold Coast and hopped into the car.
They drove non-stop for two days until they hit the city of Gladstone.
Ms Lasserre noticed a spot next to Hub Fitness at Sun Valley and her mind was made up.
"We ran into some great people. We liked the feel of the town and the energy so we thought we would set up a supplements store," she said
"We are into ethical health and well-being. It's about getting back to basics. But we didn't want to just be a supplements shop next to a gym."
Ms Lasserre, a professional figure competitor, and Mr Morris offer quality advice to customers about blood groups, nutrients, competition preparation, and how to nourish your body with the best vitamins.
They can make a fresh, tasty protein shake or iced tea at the bar, or identify what your immune system needs for a boost.
"I've got 30 good brands in the store. I've stuck with the same ones over the years," Ms Lasserre said
"We developed our Green Tea X50 five years ago. It's full of antioxidants and it supports your immune system.
"It acts as a detox for your body and has weight-loss benefits," she said.
The pair also encourages customers who may work stressful jobs to go for a blood test after they are consulted at Saloon Protein and Tea Bar.
"We support the person's condition, not like when you are trying to lose body fat and strip them of certain supplements," Ms Lasserre said.
She is clearly passionate about ethical health and well-being and strongly believes nobody deserves to feel flat.
"If you aren't feeling well, you don't have to feel that way. You should breathe, lift, run, walk and enjoy the people around you," she said.
The store also sells food, inspiring shirts and hats, and supplements.
"Trent and I are down to earth. There's no pressure techniques," Ms Lasserre said.
The store is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 8am-7pm and on the weekend between 9am and 6pm.
Saloon Protein and Tea Bar will hold its grand opening on Saturday. The store is located at Shop 6, Sun Valley Market Plaza.