Making the switch from professional sport into the "real" world is never easy. When you do a sport for so long it becomes your world, your community and ultimately a big part of your identity. Finding who you are without it can be, to say the least, challenging. When we started Healthy Hooch Kombucha immediately after retirement, we hit the ground running and it was the best thing we could have done. It gave us a new purpose and new goals, in an area that we are truly passionate about. Health.
Will grew up as a mountain kid in Whistler, and I grew up on acreage in the Fraser Valley, and over our 15 years together we've always shared a love for sport, the outdoors and food. We were lucky enough to train and race all over the world for more than 10 years together. We spent a lot of time in grocery stores, cooking healthy meals, and looking for healthy alternatives on the road. We spent years researching health products from across the world, unknowingly adding to a much needed future knowledge base.
Six years ago we decided it was finally time to put down some roots so we bought and renovated an 80 year old farm house in Abbotsford. Over the next 3 years we continued to race professionally, but when we were home we dabbled in farming, grew a plethora of fruits and vegetable, distributed berries, and raised, pigs, chickens and cows. We naturally found ourselves thinking like entrepreneurs and starting a business was the next step. After years of drinking kombucha in the US while racing, we knew it was a growing market and that there was room for a quality kombucha in Canada. So we took the plunge and started the process. Healthy Hooch Kombucha has been running for almost 3 years now, and like sport, there have been relentless hurdles and learning curves, but perseverance is something that we have in spades and has only benefited us as business owners. Both Will and myself are motivated and ambitious to a fault, but with that comes a passion to always be and do better. That is something that we can promise to ourselves, in our business practices, and to the people that l love and trust Healthy Hooch Kombucha.