The Gem juice bar heads to Preston Center in May
Juice on the move: The Gem, the juice and salad bar that sprouted one year ago on Inwood Road, has found a new location in super-hot Preston Center. The Gem is moving on the heels of the recent closure of Duo – All Things Culinary, the high-end kitchen supply shop in which The Gem resided.
Opened in 2010 by Shinsei owners Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing, Duo closed with a whimper on January 31. The space has already been taken over by Area 25, a furniture consignment store that was previously on Lovers Lane.
Owner Leslie Needleman says The Gem will probably expand its offerings, with a hint that it will get more heavily into wellness.
In May, the Gem will move into a storefront vacated by T. Hee Gift Shop at 6030 Luther Ln., near Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Until then, they'll continue to juice away from their same location, says owner Leslie Needleman.
"My partner Mary [Kathryn Bass] and I have been been looking around for the past few months," Needleman says. "We even got suggestions from customers on spaces we should look at. We just celebrated our one-year birthday, but we were always looking to expand what we were doing."
When The Gem opened in February 2012, it was a pioneer both as a juice spot and a place to get kale salad. Both of those have become major trends in the healthy/foodie world. Lots of restaurants have added kale salad to their menus, and at least half a dozen juice outlets have opened around Dallas in the past year.
Preston Center already has Be Raw Food & Juice, but that's better known as a raw-food restaurant that happens to have a great lineup of juice drinks and smoothies, rather than a juice bar.
Needleman says The Gem will probably expand its offerings, with a hint that it will get more heavily into wellness, not unlike the "Diamonds on Your Inside" counseling program she recently launched.