Patrick needed nutrition.
Claudia crafted a solution.
The Better4You story began in 2016 following Patrick Barnes’ head and neck cancer diagnosis and subsequent chemo-radiation treatment. Patrick’s cancer treatment affected his ability to swallow and compromised his sense of taste. At the time, there seemed to be no beverage option prepared which would accommodate his needs: nutrition, easy to swallow and taste. This led Claudia, his wife, to experiment with producing cold-pressed juices. Claudia researched ways to get Patrick the nutrition he needed to heal, and the result was the creation of what became our “Original Blend”, Very Verde. Claudia kept reminding Patrick, “It’s better for you.” The phrase stuck and persuaded Patrick to drink the blend of vegetables and fruit.
In 2017, following encouraging words from close family and friends, we officially launched, Better4You. Everything we do at Better4You Juices has purpose as the foundation. Case in point, the pineapple in our logo is purposeful–it was one of the first things Patrick could taste during his recovery, and the number four in our logo represents the four staple combination blends we offer.
Our mission is to provide a positive customer experience while offering an alternate, all-natural beverage option in our community and beyond.
Since 2017, Better4You Juices has introduced many to, and provided those with knowledge of the concept of freshly pressed juices, also known as cold-pressed juices. We continue to be small in number, but large in our intention to provide a positive customer experience. What began as something very personal to our family has now become a way for us to continue our healing process through meeting people from all walks of life who share their own stories with us sometimes.
Where it would be cliche to say this venture was a lifelong dream; it was not. This business venture was a result of an unexpected life interruption. Even when the current events of a Global Pandemic impacted us all, we somehow persevered through a shutdown and pause of service. The relationships we’ve worked hard to build were and are our motivation to remain steadfast in the midst of unexpected occurrences. We affectionately refer to our customers as “Juice Friends” because of the sense of community we experience when we deliver our products to the homes or directly to the hands of customers at a market or community event.
Better4You Juices is local to the Stafford/Fredericksburg, VA area and expects to broaden our reach in the community and beyond with innovative ways of offering Better4You Juices beginning Spring 2022.
Better4You has given a portion of our proceeds to the Power of Pink Walk, sponsored by Mary Washington Hospital Foundation; donated to Stafford County Public Schools Leadership and sponsored/donated to The Hypeman Foundation (a memorial scholarship program for Black young men, ages 18-25); and supported Fredericksburg PRIDE.
We do offer discounts to teachers at Stafford County Public Schools, and honor our veterans and loyal patrons.