By Valerie Miko
The long-anticipated Campus Town location of Frutta Bowls café made its debut on Sept. 17, and has been drawing in crowds of students and local residents ever since.
Frutta Bowls offers a variety of products including açaí bowls, smoothies and even oatmeal or kale bowls. There are also customizable bowl options which include a base of either açaí, pitaya or kale that customers can add toppings to.
Toppings include various fruits, oats, granola, Nutella, peanut butter and honey, among other crunchy and sweet additions. Frutta Bowls offers gluten, soy and dairy-free options, as well as a separate allergy station to accommodate dietary restrictions. The bowls range from $7-$11 depending on topping variety in the bowl. The average price of a smoothie is $7.
Katharine Smith, a senior communication studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major, said that Frutta Bowls is a beneficial addition to Campus Town’s growing list of retailers, especially for students craving a convenient snack packed with fruit.
“I got a Fiji bowl with Nutella instead of peanut butter,” Smith said. “It was really good! The atmosphere of the place is really cute and service was quick. I also like having the opportunity to get fresh fruit close to campus. I’m definitely going to go again.”
According to Frutta Bowls’ website, the company was founded by entrepreneur and wellness guru Brooke Gagliano in 2016. Although it started out as two small stores near Gagliano’s hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, the chain has quickly become a national trend with stores popping up all over the country.
Frutta Bowls’ Campus Town location is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.