‘Eagle Nutrition' is built on belief in its products

“Shake-istas” Rachel Marrotti of Pittsburgh, left, and Jada Vargo of North Huntingdon (right) learn the best way to make a shake from Eagle Nutrition owner Betsy Dutoit (center) at the new store at 532 Main Street, Clarion.

CLARION - Eagle Nutrition owner Betsy Dutoit believes in what she sells. That belief led her to open her store around the end of February in Clarion.

Dutoit, who is originally from St. Marys, started working with the company about three years ago.

"I started using the product and lost a ton of weight and had a ton of energy throughout my pregnancies and after," she said. "People from town noticed I was more active and losing weight. They kept asking me about the drinks I was using and I started selling them."

Dutoit opened her first shop in St. Marys last summer.

"I had a lot of success there," she said. "Some of my friends from Ridgway and DuBois asked how they could get one of these in their town. I brought them into the business and they opened their own businesses.

"My team now operates eight stores. If someone wants to buy the products or open their own store I can train them."

Eagle Nutrition offers meal replacement shakes, protein shakes, "loaded" tea, and more.

"We currently offer two different types of products," said Dutoit. "The protein shake has 200 to 250 calories, 24-27 grams of protein, low fat, low carb and low sugar. It is an ideal meal replacement shake. It helps keep you full and will help with the calorie deficit if you are trying to lose weight."

Dutoit said the company had a staff of more than 300 doctors and dieticians who have helped to formulate all of products.

The store offers "loaded teas" that are made with green, black and Oolong tea that help with metabolism. The teas have vitamin C, B-12, B-6 and aloe, which helps with digestion. They are all sugar free.

"We have a ton of favors, grape, strawberry, watermelon, cucumber, all kinds of options," Dutoit said. "We are launching our beauty drinks that can help with hair, skin and nails. We have specialty drinks like a tea with protein in it and we have other drinks that help with your immunity.

"We also have a coffee menu to launch. "There are a lot of different things coming."

One of the things that will be coming is seating.

"I am looking into what kind of seating I want. Booths, tables, or couches. I really don't know," she said. "This can be a place to hang out and study."

Dutoit, who resides in Clarion with her family, said she selected the name because it pays homage to the local area. The Eagle is the mascot of Clarion University.

"I have been open for a few weeks. My goal was to do about 100 drinks a day," Dutoit said. "We have been right around that number and it will only go up with warmer weather. We just launched an app so people can order and pay on the app. They can come in and grab their drinks without even making eye contact."

Dutoit said she "got lucky with my employees. They are a really good group of high school and college kids."

The business is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Eagle Nutrition is located at 532 Main Street inClarion, in the former Yo-Licious storefront.