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Thrive Juice Cafe reopens after '21 fire; see ACMi video

Derek Fleming with smoothie and educational cardsDerek Fleming smiles in 2019. 

UPDATED Aug. 8: Eleven and a half months after fire closed Thrive Juice Cafe, the East Arlington business reopened Saturday, July 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Owner Derek Fleming cited delays by contractors as part of the slow return after an early morning blaze Aug. 28 hit the cafe and 13Forest, next door. The art gallery reopened in May.

Fleming plans to have a ready smile and signature smoothies ready for the public.

Early reports last year put the fire damage to the two businesses at $65,000, but final figures were believed to be much higher.

At the time, Fleming told YourArlington: "It will be a long haul." For the business that opened in May 2018, it has been.


Aug. 28, 2021: Early morning blaze hits 2 E. Arlington businesses

A very popular and creative eatery is again open for business. Thrive Juice Cafe, at 169 Mass. Ave., reopened recently after flames swept through the building last summer. The comeback wasn’t easy but, as ACMi News shows in Aug. 5 video, this business has proven it can easily live up to its name:

Nov. 13, 2019: To further Thrive, E. Arlington owner aims to widen smile to nation

This news announcement was published Tuesday, July 12, 2022, and updated Aug. 8, to add ACMi video.


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