Early Friday morning on Oct. 9, Madison Square Nutrition had its grand opening. Men and women of all ages consistently came through the doors with excitement to try the new healthy alternative shakes and teas.
“I am so overwhelmed with all of the support and love that Madison has shown me,” owner Reagan Wright said. “It’s more than I could have ever expected.”
Wright had no idea this is what her life would like five months ago. In May, Wright graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising. She had a job waiting for her in Texas, but COVID-19 was steadily spreading around the country.
“I really felt unsure on whether I wanted to move or not and be away from family in the middle of a pandemic,” Wright said. “I didn’t know if it was a good idea.”
About a year and a half ago, Wright went on a strict diet and lost 30 pounds, and she enjoys going to places that offer healthy alternatives that fit into her strict diet. In the middle of the pandemic, she started going to another store similar to Madison Square Nutrition in Watkinsville.
“It’s like a healthy treat because you get tired of eating the same thing all the time,” Wright said.
In the meantime, Wright had a big decision to make. She was trying to decide if she wanted to move to Texas. A friend of hers noticed that she went to the store in Watkinsville all the time and suggested that she should open her own store, and with that idea engraved in her mind, Wright decided to stay and open Madison Square Nutrition.
“I just felt like this was my lifestyle,” Wright said. “I started a lifestyle change in the way that I ate and [opening this business] felt natural.”
Madison Square Nutrition offers meal replacement shakes that are 200-250 calories, 24-27 grams of protein. The shakes are low carb and Keto friendly. They offer loaded energy teas which are the equivalent to two cups of coffee. The teas have aloe for digestion and provide energy and focus. Beauty and specialty drinks are also offered.
Wright wanted to create a modern, relaxing environment, so people could hang out with friends and provide a new healthy option to the Madison community.