Colleen Potratz was a regular at NuVibe Juice & Java, stopping in two to three times a week for smoothies for her kids or a made-from-scratch muffin for herself.

So when she and her husband, Thad, were offered a chance to purchase the juice bar, they didn’t hesitate.

“We had been talking about buying into something for years,” said Colleen, who’s a Lincoln real estate agent, but had worked several years prior in the food industry. “Specifically, we wanted a place close to home where we were frequent customers. Plus, I’m very health conscious. My whole family is.”

So NuVibe proved to be a no-brainer.

The Potratzes bought the juice bar at 4131 Pioneer Woods Dr., #108 (near 70th Street and Pioneers Boulevard), at the end of April, closed it for a quick remodel and reopened it three days later. NuVibe has been on the Lincoln scene since November 2003. A second location operated downtown for a short time on 14th Street.

The remodel included taking down a wall to open up the seating area and brightening the walls with lighter colors. They also created a new menu board and their son painted a mural on a wall in the dining room.

Since April, the Potratzes expanded the menu. NuVibe now offers sandwiches, salads and Le Quartier pastries to go along with the smoothies, gourmet coffees and made-from-scratch muffins. The store also started catering and delivery, providing smoothies for Husker football players during away games.

Store hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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The Potratzes aren’t stopping there. They took over the kiosk in the Old Cheney Center at 56th Street and Old Cheney Road. They plan to open it mid-October, beginning with gourmet coffees, then adding smoothies once a 100-square-foot addition is completed.

They also purchased a food truck, with plans to sell NuVibe fare at community events, maybe as early as this fall.

“We emphasize quality service,” Colleen said. “We have this amazing staff.”

News and notes

* Krispy Kreme Doughnuts plans to turn National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 into National Coffee Weekend. Stores will offer guests one free cup of coffee each day Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Offer is limited to one coffee per customer, per day. No purchase is necessary. Krispy Kreme has one Lincoln store at 6410 O St.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSjeffkorbelik.

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