Written by Isabelle Hendrich, Faith Editor

DAYTON, TN – Located in the heart of Dayton, Dayton Downtown Nutrition is a specialty tea and shake shop. It was opened last year on July 15, 2021 by the Adams family. McCallie Adams is a sophomore psychology major at Bryan College and works at Dayton Downton Nutrition. “So it’s my family, my mom, dad and two younger sisters that started it, and now we have hired employees,” Adams said.

“The atmosphere here can be really fun and relaxed because we are just selling teas and are making whatever the customer wants,” Adams said. “We get pretty close to our customers and build relationships with them, just talking to them about what they like and their life and what is going on with them.”

Since the shop opened, it instantly became a cult favorite of not only Bryan College students, but many locals as well. 

“Honestly it is more businesses and schools that we get the most sales from,” Adams said. “So we’ve got just like normal customers who’re not connected to anything, tons of businesses, then we get a good portion of Bryan kids that come here too.” 

“As time has gone by, we have definitely doubled our sales. We are actually opening another one in Pikeville [TN] right now, so it will be open by next week,” Adams said.

Adams originally worked at a nutrition shop in Soddy-Daisy, giving her mom the idea to open their own nutrition store because she was previously an interior designer and believed it would be fun to run. Adams’ whole family really likes HerbaLife, which is the vitam product they use in their teas and shakes. Herbalife has opened many Nutrition stores across the country. 

“The reason that HerbaLife started the Nutrition shop chain was because they had tons of supplements and like caffeinated things that would give you caffeine without making you crash. Because there is no sugar in any of our stuff, it is a lot healthier for you,” Adams said. “We use stevia sweeteners, so it is diabetic friendly and keto friendly.” 

Dayton Downtown Nutrition also makes their own drinks for local businesses. “We have a Dayton Ford drink, a hospital one, Exit Realty one and a fire department drink,” Adams said. “We have a list of flavors that is hundreds of teas long so when you go to make one up, you have to check and make sure it has not already been made.” 

Dayton Downtown Nutrition has loaded teas with caffeine, teas without caffeine, specialty teas, which have protein in them, and shakes. A few shake flavors include banana pudding, peanut butter and jelly and Chocolate Elvis. The Chocolate Elvis includes chocolate, peanut butter and chunks of frozen bananas. 

“My favorite drink is probably the Miami Vice + coconut! It’s kind of a strawberry & pina colada mix! It’s so good and so refreshing!” said Anna Benoit, a senior Communication major at Bryan College. 

“My favorite thing is probably an orange boost with pina colada and coconut in it. It is really good,” Adams said. “If I feel like I need caffeine, then I’ll add pineapple to it as well.”  

Check out Dayton Nutrition’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/category/health or their Instagram page at www.instagram.com/dayton_downtown_nutrition.  

Isabelle Hendrich is a communication major and history minor at Bryan College. Besides running, Hendrich likes to read and do crafts. She is a triplet whose siblings, Benjamin and Savannah, are also attending Bryan College.