Ray Glymph is the owner of Get Fit Juices & Shakes, headquartered in Morgantown, West Virginia. Get Fit Juices & Shakes is a health and wellness brand that started in 2018, featuring fresh pressed juices, smoothies, shakes and nutritional substances. All food is prepared with health in mind, only utilizing real fruit and vegetables. Glymph and Get Fit Juices and Shakes mission is to help West Virginians lead a healthy lifestyle while on the go.
Glymph talked with Jim Matuga, host of The Positively West Virginia Podcast, about how he got started in this line of work, what the best thing about being in business in West Virginia and his advice to young entrepreneurs.
How did you get started in this line of work?
“Being from New York, we pretty much have a juice bar on every other street. There is access to fresh juice and smoothies that was instilled into my lifestyle on a daily basis. When I moved to West Virginia, I was in search of fresh juice or having the availability to pick it up and it wasn’t here,” Glymph said. “There wasn’t that access to many healthy options at all and even still today there aren’t many options.”
“I still recall I left the gym one day and I didn’t want to go home to make a protein shake, I wanted something refreshing and good for me. I thought it would be great if we had a place that embodied all of this. Being an entrepreneur, if it’s not there, that’s a problem and I created a solution.”
What is the best thing about being in business in West Virginia right now?
“It’s a beautiful state,” Glymph said. “It is also very business-friendly as far as the investments needed to start a business. Being in NewYork City, there’s a lower class and then there is upper class. The upper class is a million dollars. Most business owners don’t have a million dollars starting off to invest so they never have to opportunity to get into the door. Whereas in West Virginia, I saw opportunities and so many things that haven’t been done.”
“I encourage all entrepreneurs to take the risk because there are so many opportunities in West Virginia that haven’t been brought to fruition. There is that opportunity in West Virginia to build something, to have a dream and make it a reality.”
What is one piece of advice you would give a young entrepreneur?
“I would tell them to prepare and go for it,” Glymph advised. “Preparation is key. You may have an idea but if you can’t execute it successfully then it might as well remain as an idea.”
Glymph was a guest on The Positively West Virginia Podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.
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- ONE THING THAT CONTRIBUTES TO Glymph’S SUCCESS: “I use my calendar and practice time management,” Glymph said.