Earlier this year, Michelle Taphorn - aka Dreddie Page, a nickname that's inspired by her hairstyle and famous pinup Bettie Page - opened the Krazy Monkey Juicebar inside Global Gallery in Clintonville.
"This is the best way for me to be an activist," Taphorn said. "This is my opportunity to put my message forward."
Taphorn wants to spread the health and social benefits of using local and natural ingredients one drink and organic pizza at a time (she's also behind the Earth's Crust pizza cart).
That message I can support, but do the drinks taste good?
Krazy Monkey Juicebar sells a variety of juices, boosts (think wheatgrass shots) and smoothies.
I tried the $4 carrot juice first. Customers can add in other flavors for 75 cents each, so some ginger and pear went into my drink as well. Taphorn suggests this combination for any beginner juicehead.
It looked like she'd melted orange crayons and poured it into a glass. This made me feel like I was five and sneak-drinking paint.
The carrot flavor was accented nicely by the ginger and pear, both of which took the edge off the vegetable's bitterness. Carrot in liquid form took getting used to, but after about five sips, my taste buds were into it. It was like they recognized this drink was very, very good for me.
Meanwhile, on the smoothie menu, concoctions of berries, yogurt and coconut abound.
I went with the Krazy Monkey. Coffee was combined with banana, agave sweetener and coconut. The $4.75 vegan drink was so delicious, I was shocked there wasn't chocolate involved.
Sweetening the whole deal? My purchases were served in compostable to-go cups.