Abed Alshahal and Alexis Joseph met in an undergraduate nutrition class at Ohio State University in 2011. In addition to sharing a love for good food and even better company to share it with, they had a common goal of inspiring social change via sustainable food choices.
Post graduation, Alshahal was working as a social entrepreneur and restaurateur alongside his brothers, the founders of A&R Creative. Joseph was a dietitian and food blogger. In April of 2014, Abed proposed his idea for turning his vision into a holistic restaurant intersecting health care and food. They joined forces to create Alchemy, an innovative health food concept where everyone, no matter their dietary preferences, could sit at the same table and enjoy a thoughtfully-sourced and insanely tasty meal.
Alchemy isn’t your typical juice bar, and they like it that way. Their balanced approach to living a full life is evident in Alchemy’s progressive menu, which includes treats like dragon fruit pop tarts and chocolate avocado pudding. Inspired by making superfoods more accessible, Alchemy prides itself on approachability. And not taking anything too seriously.
They view food environmentally, socially, and nutritionally and are committed to creating concepts that reflect that. They recognize that food and nutrition issues are systemic and that if they can make even a small impact on the health and happiness of our nation, then that’s a job well done. They attribute the success of Alchemy to their team that works tirelessly to maintain Alchemy’s integrity, lightheartedness, and spunk.
They’ve both represented Columbus as Tastemakers and the United States as International Slow Food Delegates. They use Alchemy as a platform to bring people together and catalyze social change. Because food is meant to be shared. And what’s life without donuts?
Be sure to also check out Alchemy's sister concept, TRISM—a transformative eatery, bar, and event space on Ohio State’s campus.