By Guest Blogger: Laura Caroline Gingrich
Kirkland community - get excited, there’s a new company in town: Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade!
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade was “born in the spirit of Aloha”. After visiting friends in Hawaii, the owners decided to make Maui their home and expand their small lemonade business. While working to establish a Wow Wow community in Maui, they also paired up with friends back in their hometown of San Diego. Wow Wow Lemonade was built upon the beliefs of supporting local farmers, encouraging sustainability, and strengthening community relationships.
Terrence Santos, who is currently working to open the new Kirkland location, was inspired to help the company come to the Pacific Northwest because of their message to spread Aloha by way of a “more nutritious version of a true classic”. His father’s side of the family is from Hawaii, and he says they were already huge fans of Wow Wow products, so the partnership was a no-brainer.
Wow Wow operates in retail locations, lemonade stands, and markets in both Maui and Oahu, Hawaii, in Yokohama, Japan, San Diego, California, and Gilbert, Arizona. And now, the Seattle area as well.
Their handcrafted lemonades are made from fresh-squeezed lemon juice, are sweetened with organic cane sugar, are and flavored by fresh fruit purees. Every lemonade product is free of concentrates or syrups. My favorites so far are the strawberry mint and the watermelon basil lemonades - but all their recipes are delicious!
Another unique part of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade is their use of mason jars. Customers can buy just a one-time use plastic cup, or invest in a 24 oz. or 32 oz. Aloha mason jar. With the purchase of one of these jars, you can enjoy a refill of any type of lemonade for only $5. I have one myself, and I love the refill option, but I use the jar for other things besides lemonade, too.
The new location in Kirkland will open in late August or early September in the Kirkland Marina area. The store will sell not only their delicious lemonades, but also Acai Bowls, healthy smoothies, local nitro brew, and Poké.
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade currently has stands at the Kirkland Wednesday Market from 2-7pm, Renton’s Thursday Landing Market from 3-7pm, and the South Lake Union Saturday Market from 10-3pm.