After graduating from Padua Franciscan High School and John Carroll University, Parker Hannifin Corporation sent Tricia Reddy ’10 on a rotational program in California, where she became interested in growing fad called superfruit cafes.
Fruits deemed “super” by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease.
Reddy returned to Northeast Ohio and decided to bring a part of California home. She launched the mobile operation called Coastline Bowls in the summer of 2016. She has been selling the sweet snacks around town for several months.
Coastline’s bowls are built with pitaya, a sweet superfruit noted for its antioxidants, iron, calcium, fiber and Vitamin A. A medley of fruit, along with juices or coconut water, are blended with the pitaya to create a base. Then granola is layered on before an assortment of fruit toppings.
Some of the fruit comes from Cleveland’s West Side Market. Reddy also works with a small farm in Central America. “There is social responsibility that comes with it. Every bowl purchased from Coastline supports Central America farmers, who are single moms,” Reddy said.
Reddy has immersed herself in the local community through partnerships with various gyms, events and companies like Harness Cycle, Ride and Workout and the NEO Cycle festival. Coastline also is receiving some high-profile attention as a sponsor of local volleyball superstar Kaitlyn Leary ’10 while she’s on the road for competitions.
In the future, Reddy hopes to open a brick and mortar operation.