By Robyn Gautschy
The Register-Mail, Galesburg, Ill.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Juice bar entrepreneur Megan Robbins discusses what community means to her, what she’s learned in her first two and a half years as a business owner, and her favorite items on the “GloBar” menu.
It may be an understatement to say that Megan Robbins has a diverse and well-rounded background. After growing up in Newton, she completed her undergraduate degree at Judson University near Chicago and her graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
In addition to being a full-time teacher and the owner of GloBar Juice and Smoothie in downtown Galesburg, she’s working on her second graduate degree.
Over the years, she’s worked as a barista, a strawberry picker, a peach sorter, an administrative assistant, a program director, an undergraduate professor and a high school teacher. She has two pets, a husband named Casey, and has been known to sing and play the fiddle.
Oh, and did we mention she’s only 31?
Register-Mail: How did GloBar come to be? How did you come up with the idea and make it happen?
Megan Robbins: My husband came up with the idea. I had started a clean skincare line the year before because when I originally moved to Galesburg, there didn’t seem to be any opportunities in education for me at that time. So I was working in an office, and I was developing the skincare line from home, and it was growing.
Casey (my husband) knew I was into the concept of having my own business, and he suggested doing a storefront. I was worried about the legalities of doing natural skincare, as it was something I didn’t quite have a grasp on the ins and outs of, but he encouraged me to supplement the skincare business with a smoothie bar. I remember him saying, “Just throw a little smoothie bar in the corner — you’ll figure it out.” That idea stuck with me.