Mary Beth Laxson is the charming, vibrant owner of Juicy’s Wellness Café here in Downtown McMinnville. She’s 51, but you’d never know it to look at her. She carries herself with the grace and poise of a person who knows how to count her blessings… and is grateful for every. single. one. She’s also tougher than most people you know. Trust me on this one. Inside of her beats the heart of a honey badger and if you’ll give me just a few minutes of your day, I’d love to tell you why.
I’ve pondered for a while now exactly how to structure this interview… It’s not my usual back and forth Q&A… I sat for over an hour, slack jawed, and listened to Mary Beth recount the last several years of her life. She’s very much a believer (as am I) that sharing one’s life experiences can be life changing for someone else. At the very least, it’s amazing… humbling… empowering… and I hope I can do her story the justice it deserves. Don’t touch that dial, you won’t want to miss this!
Brook: Tell me about your life… before Juicy’s, what did you do?
Mary Beth: Well, I grew up here in McMinnville on a farm. Like a lot of people who grew up in a small town, I couldn’t wait to leave! So I moved to New York City and then Dallas working as a traveling nurse. I moved back years later and worked for several different doctors in Home Health and OB/GYN. I am married to the love of my life and have three sons and seven grandbabies who are the best grandbabies in the world! I’m also a Vegan, which means I eat no meat, eggs, or dairy products. I was first introduced to plant based foods years ago by my daughter-in-law Kristen and sister-in-law Tracy. I always made fun of Vegans before, but Kristin and Tracy alwa