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Lake Oswego resident Sydney Niermann uses investment money to become franchisee of Nekter Juice Bar in Kruse Village 

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Left to right: Nekter Juice Bar owner Sydney Niermann poses for a photo with employees J'Lee Burns, Amy Chen and Faith Rombach.

Despite being fresh out of college, Lake Oswego resident Sydney Niermann can already call herself a business owner in the community.

Niermann, a 24-year-old California native and University of Oregon graduate, recently purchased the Nekter Juice Bar in Kruse Village and is hoping to get to know the community better.

"I commonly get 'Wow you look so young and look a little different than everyone else.' I kind of like that because I like being who I am and showing the community and everyone … there is not a one-(size)-fits-all mold for everything in life," Niermann said.

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Sydney Niermann recommends the juices, granolas and immunity shots at the store. Niermann previously worked for a Nekter store in California and later in Eugene since 2017, serving most recently as a shift lead. But she heard through the grapevine that the Lake Oswego store was for sale and jumped at the opportunity. Niermann said she was able to afford the shop due to sound investments she had made over the last few years.

"I hit the lottery with that one. I had been sitting on my stocks for a long time. I was able to use that as an investment," she said.

PMG PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - NiermannNiermann appreciates the healthy lifestyle that Nekter promotes and adds that it's more affordable than other juice bars. The shop sells vegan-friendly juices that have cashew milk as well as healthy ingredients like acai, fruits and vegetables. Nekter also sells bowls, various granolas (including a gluten-free option), immunity shots and more.

"Almost every person can find something here that fits them," she said.

Niermann plans to make her presence felt in the local store and throughout the community. Specifically, she hopes to collaborate with local schools and organizations to promote the store and a healthy lifestyle. She has also expanded hours to offer more flexibility for customers.

"That is my main priority here is to do outreach, connect with everyone around here and get Nekter more well known," Niermann said.

For more information on Nekter, visit nekterjuicebar.com.


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