It’s a new year, which means that many of us have started out the year with resolutions to eat healthier and start working out. After a couple months off for an end of season break, Thrive in Bar Harbor has re-opened with new hours and a new menu. We’re pretty excited, and here’s why you should be, too.

Salad by the pound. One of my favorite things about the Bates College Dining Hall was the “choose your own adventure” aspect, and the climax occurred at the salad bar. Thrive’s new salad bar setup brings me back to my college days (in a good way). You get to pick out only the stuff you actually want, and as much (or little) as you want.

Online ordering. If you have a limited lunch break, Thrive’s online ordering option is perfect. You can access through Facebook or their website and schedule for pickup now or later, whatever works best for you. Personally, I love the ability to order online because talking on the phone is my nightmare, even when amazing food is on the table. If you’re in a rush but don’t have computer access, they also have a “Grab and Go” selection of pre-made meals prepared that morning. Convenient plus nutritious = win-win.

Marketing Pros. In addition to being active on social media, you can also find these cards at both Thrive and Side Street Cafe:


It’s easy to see where your traffic comes from online, with the help of tools like Google analytics, but for brick and mortar establishments who want to know where their traffic is coming from, it can be a bit trickier. These cards encourage customers to share how they heard about either place.

Local Businesses Supporting Local Businesses. The idea of “Thrive” goes beyond reaping the benefits of a healthful diet, there’s a community element, too. Thrive’s ingredients are, as often as possible, from local sources, like Mandala Farm in Gouldsboro. Thrive also recently partnered with Destination Health, a new fitness studio in Bar Harbor, for a New Year’s Resolution wellness program. Fostering these community relationships in creative, helpful ways is something we definitely appreciate.


Winter Deals. As many businesses who stay open through the winter know, it’s not the easiest feat. To keep things interesting, Thrive has developed a “Deal a Day” offer throughout the winter. It’s something different every day. This keeps things interesting for the already consistent follower, and gives an incentive for the on-the-fencer to stop in. Last week, one of the deals was “Buy one juice, smoothie, salad and receive $5 off any other item.”

If you haven’t already stopped by Thrive or checked them out online, I recommend that you do both. Looking forward to having this option nearby all year long! You can also hear more about Thrive’s mission by listening to their interview on the My Desert Island podcast a couple weeks ago.