When she decided to open her restaurant Juicepop & More on FM 2978, Pinehurst resident Linh Tran said she wanted to bring a healthier option to the community, as she follows a gluten-free and plant-based diet.

“The idea is to create something for the community, something healthy,” Tran said.

Juicepop & More, true to its namesake, sells a variety of juices with names that include Sunshine—made with carrot, red apple, ginger and coconut water—and Rosie, which features dragonfruit, pear, lemon and monk fruit.

“We not only sell juice but we offer a complement of healthy foods like spring rolls, salads—something that goes well with the juice,” Tran said.

With regard to the restaurant’s name, Tran said the “pop” in Juicepop & More refers to the pop of color from her selection of juices.

“All my food, my juice is a pop of color,” Tran said.

Original recipes

When it comes to the restaurant’s menu, all of the dishes are recipes Tran developed herself, she said. Juicepop & More serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu items that include acai bowls, toast, sandwiches and spring rolls.

With eight salads featured on the menu, an additional charge is incurred only if a customer wants to add a protein, she said. The same pricing applies to the poke bowl and spring rolls, where adding a protein or extra sauce, respectively, costs slightly more.

“We’re not low,” Tran said. “We’re not high. We’re [at a] very affordable price. I make sure people eat under $20. That’s my goal.”

Tran said some customers come in for specific items, while others try multiple dishes.

“Sometimes you come in the morning just for acai; another day you come for a salad; another day you come just for a smoothie,” Tran said.

Tran’s creativity with her recipes also extends itself to Juicepop & More’s decor. The interior of the restaurant is filled with plants and shades of pink, brown and gold.

“For me, if you go out, you have to enjoy not only the food, but you have to enjoy the ambience,” Tran said.

Recently celebrating Juicepop & More’s first anniversary on Feb. 15, Tran said the restaurant has developed a base of regular customers.

“You build a community with them,” Tran said. “[It’s touching] how they appreciate your work, how they appreciate your creativity.”

Tran also attributed her restaurant’s growth to word-of-mouth advertising and foodie groups on Facebook.

As a small-business owner, Tran said she works seven days a week at Juicepop & More doing everything from taking and making orders to washing dishes.

“When you’re very passionate and the customer really enjoys your food, your [tiredness] is gone,” Tran said.

Besides offering spring roll catering trays, Tran also said Juicepop & More is starting to rent out its space on Sundays for events, such as baby showers and bachelorette parties.

“To see people happy and eat healthy, I think my mission is accomplished,” Tran said.

Juicepop & More
  • 30420 FM 2978, Ste. 430, The Woodlands
  • 281-789-7154 www.thejuicepop.com
  • Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.