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Bodhi Bar: Meet Naiomi & Ryan
Posted: Apr 29, 2016

In the spirit of Mother’s Day this May we want to celebrate all the moms that make our downtown a special place to work and play.

We applaud and recognize those mothers & daughters and mothers & sons that work together in business everyday.

Naiomi & Ryan from Bodhi Bar

  1. How long have you two been working together?

“We started working on Bodhi Bar back in September – spit balling ideas right through to opening day. Ryan’s going to work in Algonquin in a few weeks, and I’m sure going to miss her.”

  1. Why did you decide to work together/open a business together/come on-board?

“We discovered juicing as a way to prevent and cure disease. We witnessed first hand the amazing health benefits of organic juicing as part of my daughter Ryan’s cancer therapy. When Ryan was diagnosed with cancer six years ago, there weren’t any local resources available to us in terms of natural therapies, so we had to rely on doing our own research. We’re now in a position to share the knowledge we gained with our community to help educate people on the benefits of juicing and juice cleanses.”

  1. How do you balance work-life with your personal-relationship?

“Oh that’s tricky I’ll tell you what! When you spend so much time together – as mother and daughter working day in and day out to bring a business to life, you need to learn to value one another’s ideas and input. Ryan actually came up with the name Bodhi Bar. It’s challenging trying to balance both of our strong personalities, but somehow we make it work!” 

  1. What’s the best thing about working with your daughter?

“Being able to spend so much time together – my daughter is one of the nicest people I know.

  1. What’s the best thing about working with your mom? 

“My mom has always provided me opportunities to further my knowledge in things I’m interested in and Bodhi Bar is no exception. We have our moments where maybe we don’t see eye to eye about certain things but at the end of the day, we have lots of laughs, we get the job done and both of us share in a certain pride when it comes to our product.”

  1. Do you have any Mother’s Day plans (ie lunch/dinner out, visit a spa, special trip planned)?

 “We do actually! We’re taking the whole family to the Philharmonic Orchestra here in Burlington. My whole side of the family is going to meet here for juice, then we’re off to the theatre!”

  1. What was the best Mother’s Day gift you ever received?

“I can’t pick just one best because they’ve all been special … there was one year, however that my two sons (aged 5 & 10) made me breakfast in bed. It was this double sided peanut butter and jelly french toast that they’d rolled in oats … it weighed a tonne, and was one of the worst things I’d ever eaten. They said they found the recipe on the internet. To this day when I see French toast on a menu I smile.”

  1. Is there anything special you want to say about your daughter?

“I just love her so much – she’s such a warrior. There are people you admire … and those people tend to be older … but my daughter is amazing, kind, smart … she’s the whole package.”

  1. Is there anything special you want to say about your mom?

“The thing I love most about my mom is her strength. We’ve been through a lot together and she has always kept smiling. She’s taught me that perseverance and optimism. She is always supportive of my dreams. There’s not really just one thing though. I love her a lot.”

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