"New Business Spotlight: Fruteria with a Twist" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Fruteria with a Twist owner Martha Montes layers an assortment of fruit, granola, yogurt, honey, and coconut flakes as part of her yogurt bowl menu item, Nov. 9. The Fruteria with a Twist is open all week long Saturday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 3319 Avenue F, Bay City.

   Even though her business has only been open for about a month, Martha Montes is looking forward to becoming the spot to indulge in fruity creations.
   “The Fruteria with a Twist” is open all week long Saturday-Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 3319 Avenue F, Bay City, and takes cash as well as debit/credit cards as payment.
   Montes owns and operates the Fruteria with the help of her family and claims she has achieved a long-standing dream.
   “I always wanted to have something like this – a business where I can make my own hours and to still be able to spend time with my children” she explained.
   “I decided on fruit because it’s something different for Bay City. I got the idea from visiting Mexico and seeing the fruit vendors on the streets.”
   Montes was born in Mexico, but raised in Bay City, is bilingual, and lives here with her husband and two toddlers.
   She said the business has helped her in handling with her postpartum depression.
   “Basically, I wanted to bring a little bit of Mexico here,” Montes added.
   “I wanted it to be bright and cheerful in the shop and hoped that it would become a place people wanted to hang out with their friends and families – not just a business. It makes my day just to see the customers we have smiling and enjoying our food.”
   Menu items include aguas frescas, corn in a cup, Mexican potato chips, fruit cups and bowls, and yogurt bowls.
   “We cut all of our fruit fresh every morning and there are no leftovers at the end of the day,” she added.
   Montes said that she gets her produce from a vendor, but also shops locally as needed.
   “Fresas con crema, also known as strawberries with cream, has been very popular lately, so, if I run out of berries I’ll head to one of the stores here to restock,” she explained.

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