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Blustery weather can be raging outside but one step inside Tropical Smoothie Cafe and you will be transported to an island paradise.

The new business in Rushmore Cross opened  Dec. 3 and offers a range fresh smoothies to make you forgot all about South Dakota winters. 

The Island Green was first on the tasting menu. “What do you taste in it?” asked franchise owner Jason McCulley with a mischievous grin.

Green apple? Wrong. Pear? Wrong again. The right answer? Island Green is a blend of spinach, kale, pineapple, mango and banana. It tastes too delicious to be healthy.

“It’s our most popular smoothie for a reason,” said Rob Metcalf — Tropical Smoothie Café’s franchise business consultant for the central U.S.

Island Green is not the only star on the menu. Tropical Smoothie Café carries a full line of smoothies, including classics like Rockin’ Raspberry; superfoods like Acai Berry Boost and Get Up and Goji; supercharged selections like Triple Berry Oat and Lean Machine; and indulgent treats like Peanut Butter Cup and Mocha Madness.

Supplements such as probiotics, extra vitamins, fat burners, whey, soy and immune boosters are also available. 

“All our smoothies are made fresh to order, using real fruit. We literally have a smoothie for everyone—whether you’re refueling after a workout or enjoying a special treat,” said McCulley, who moved to Rapid City in July from Las Vegas with his wife, Megan. 

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“In Las Vegas, there are 26 Tropical Smoothie Café stores, so that’s where I came to know and love their products,” explained McCulley.

In addition to smoothies, Tropical Smoothie Café sells flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches and salads. Customers can get whole fruit, kale and apple slaw, or chips as sides. Vegetarian and gluten-friendly options are available, as are children’s meals. Breakfast wraps and flatbreads are served all day.

Food prices range from $4.79 to $6.99. Smoothie prices range from $4.49 to $5.49, and they can be added on to any meal for only $3.50.

“Our meals are portion-controlled and not cooked with fryers,” said McCulley. “This is the first Tropical Smoothie Café in South Dakota, and I’m eager to bring these new and exciting products to Rapid City. I truly believe the café will fill a niche market that didn’t exist here.”

“We ultimately hope to inspire a healthier lifestyle in our customers,” said Metcalf. The Tropical Smoothie Café is still hiring staff and hopes to expand its locations within Rapid City in the future.

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