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Meet Albert Calamari of Gaia Therapeat in Hollywood Florida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Albert Calamari.

Albert, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
While running my previous restaurant “Waikiki Beach” in St. Martin, with the Chef, I began working on a new eating concept based on better health for the consumers and less damage to our Planet. It was created to adapt to the modern American lifestyle, whether you are on the run or dining in. We came up with Gaia Therapeat and started preparing the business plan. Before moving to Florida to build the first Gaia Therapeat, we were struck by hurricane Irma and we lost not only Waikiki Beach but also most of our property and belongings.

We moved to Hollywood Florida in the end of 2016 and started the construction of the very first Gaia Therapeat. Once we opened, we were embraced by the Mayor of Hollywood Josh Levi and by the whole community. People began telling us how much they appreciated having a healthy establishment in Hollywood. We are now close to five months old and preparing our first expansion.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Because of the process of having permits approved, it delayed our grand opening for more than two years. Originally, we expected to be open within less than a year. This was one of the biggest obstacles we ran into. Gaia Therapeat is a Healthy Organic Fast Food restaurant (grab and go). This is a new concept, so it took some customers time to understand the full concept at first but, now the word has spread and people are starting to get it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Gaia Therapeat – what should we know?
There are many things that make Gaia Therapeat different from other establishments serving food. For starters we serve Healthy meals at an affordable price so eating healthy doesn’t have to hurt your pocket. Our menu also known as the eight Universes is broken down into DEVELOP, ZEN, IMMUNE, CLEANSE, HEART, MIND, FLEX and VITALITY. All our ingredients are balanced in these universes. In every Universe, you will find a Soup, Salad, Sandwich, Sweet Treat and a bottle of Aqua Gaia (our brand of water). This means we have 8 different soups, salads, sandwiches, sweet treats, and Aqua Gaia to pick from.

Our Aqua Gaia water is micro-filtered water infused with herbs. We package it in glass bottles and encourage our customers to return the bottle for a refund or they can donate the $0.90 to our charities for Saving the Bees or cleaning the Oceans (water). Our goal has been to motivate the community to reuse glass instead of recycling it and it has been a huge success.

All our cups, packaging and utensil are ECO-friendly. Our goal as a company has always been to help mother earth live a longer, healthy life.

What were you like growing up? Personality wise, interest wise, etc.
I grew up in a very loving household filled with laughs and good times. All of my family is still in France but we speak on a daily basis.

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Photos by: Leins Rios

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