Looking to get healthy? Powell Nutrition has shakes, juices and teas for better lifestyle – Knoxville News Sentinel

Al Lesar, Shopper News Published 7:00 a.m. ET Sept. 9, 2020

Powell Nutrition offers shakes and teas for healthier lifestyle Knoxville News Sentinel

Had the coronavirus pandemic hit three years ago, Tonya Wilde probably would have been a mess.

Thats when Wilde was opening her two gyms Total Fitness Kickboxing in Powell and on Kingston Pike.

But, having run those two businesses since 2018, she understands that she can only do so much.

Thats why the delays in getting the doors open to Powell Nutrition (3533 W. Emory Road, in the strip mall near KARM) havent worn on her.

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The Powell community is excited for us to be open, said Wilde, who finally got things going in early August. The COVID situation held up our product. There really wasnt anything we were able to do about it, so we couldnt stress out.

Powell Nutrition will feature high-quality plant-based protein shakes, juices and teas serving as meal substitutes. Whether its gaining muscle, losing weight or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Powell Nutrition has the product to help.

The most important part of the experience is for our staff to ask the right questions, Wilde said. When we know your objective, we can find the right product. Its all about building a relationship.

Wilde, who has an athletic background dating back to her high school days in Karns, has been a believer in protein supplements. Some current clients in her gyms have had weight-loss success.

Kenna Lyle of Knoxville gets started on a healthy concoction.(Photo: Submitted)

Add in more than 100 flavors from which to choose and the possibilities abound.

Ive always believed that you cant outwork a bad diet, Wilde said. Were going to be here to give everyone a healthier choice.

Wildes favorite is the cookies and cream shake. Then theres the Vanilla Elvis, the Dolly Parton, and a banana nut bread that smells just like the real thing.

Ive seen the change in attitude that comes with the changes with the body, Wilde said. Before I got involved with this, I did my own research. I tested the product and I love it.

No matter the nature of the business, whether its service-oriented like a gym or product-oriented like Powell Nutrition, the basic premise doesnt change.

Not only are the options at Powell Nutrition tasty, they're colorful.(Photo: Submitted)

It takes the same work ethic in both places, Wilde said. The goal is to make the customer happy. If someone walks in the door, somebody better say welcome.

With her staff of at least five employees, Wilde spent July in the training mode. They visited Bearden Nutrition, a sister store, and learned how that established business functions.

I learned how important the flow is, said Wilde. The whole flow of the process has to be comfortable for the customer to feel good about the experience. When you can get everything set up the right way, and have your staff in the right places, the whole flow will work.

Wilde has leaned on a mentor, Lori Case, who is from out of the area but has experience in making a place like Powell Nutrition work smoothly.

Shea Coker serves a customer at Powell Nutrition. "The most important part of the experience is for our staff to ask the right questions, Tonya Wilde said. When we know your objective, we can find the right product. Its all about building a relationship.(Photo: Ruth White/Shopper News)

Lori stressed that I need to be patient, especially during COVID, Wilde said. Everything will happen, its just a matter of making it fall into place.

Powell Nutrition is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

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