Domestic Partners Give Back To Lake Elsinore

The couple, who own the Lake Elsinore franchise Juice It Up!, will celebrate a grand reopening at their store Saturday.

Lake Elsinore residents Tony Kelley and Chris Polster, owners of the  franchise on Central Avenue, will celebrate their store's Grand Reopening Saturday. 

But the two men -- longtime domestic partners -- are not only enterpreneurs, they also have a sense of responsibility and commitment to Lake Elsinore.

"Community involvement means a lot to us,” Polster said. “We are so fortunate to have found Juice It Up! The venture has allowed us to ... get further involved in aspects of our community we never thought would be possible."

To that end, Kelley and Polster donate food to , and they offer their services to local school districts through various catering fundraisers.

The couple also attends 11 local schools weekly, selling smoothies after school and donating a percentage of sales back to the education system, according to Erin Randall, a publicist for the franchise.

According to Randall, the community likes what it sees: When Kelley and Polster acquired the Lake Elsinore store in December, the location was ranked 19th in the franchise system. In only three months of ownership, the couple has pushed the Central Avenue Juice It Up! up to the No. 2 spot, Randall said, noting that Kelley and Polster have plans to bring more stores to the area.

To find out more about what Kelley and Polster are doing for the community, visit the store's Grand Reopening Saturday. The store is located at 29261 Central Ave., inside the Lake Elsinore Marketplace.

Saturday's event will be held in conjunction with the Easter Spring Fling and food drive for H.O.P.E. at the shopping center. The Marketplace "Fling" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is slated to include free games, an Easter egg hunt, music, dance performances, a raffle and bounce houses.


Anon March 29, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Ok so what does being domestic partners have to do with anything? A heterosexual couple who owns the gas station, blah blah blah..... good grief!!!
Dog March 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
This is tooooo funny...Juice It Up...domestic partners...only in the liberal Patch...lol
Jo Davis March 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
WAY TO GO.....Tony and Chris, am so happy for you, will see you Saturday, bringing a piggy to help with the festivities. Jo
julian March 29, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Nice story about a new business and it also sheds light on the diversity of our community.
Anon March 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I thought you didn't live here and only owned property here? Keep up with your lies Julian!
kelly jo March 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
You guys have done a great job!! Keep up the good work and I will see you at the opening!
American Girl March 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Seriously what does domestic partnership have to do with anything? A single person, a married person or a homosexual person can run a business, it has nothing to do with sexual orientation. What has happened to America when we have to mention someones sexual orientation when we speak about them?
Carol March 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I agree with you June, what does their domestic partnership or sexual orientation have to do with their helping out the community? Good grief, what's next? Must mean something to the person who wrote the story.
julian March 29, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Oh give me a break! They are business partners in a new local business and this is a story about them. If they were lifelong friends it would still touch on their relationship, if they were brothers it would touch on that as well. What's the big deal don't you know any gay people? You must be old.
julian March 29, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Wow, you are a harsh old lady who spills vile comments all day aren't you? I recommend you see a therapist about your anger issues. Newsflash, I can read stories about the city on the internet from across the nation. If you are so over any news about successful gay people then why are you trolling this article? Whether I'm a full-time or part-time resident or just interested in the area is none of your business. Who elected you the NAZI who demands to see everyone's papers?
julian March 29, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Yeah, I'd love to see you leave a similar comment on an article about a family business complaining that you don't need to know what the relationship is between the two people profiled in an article whether they are mother daughter, father son, brothers, husband and wives. But god forbid you mention two men or two woman committed in a relationship then it's 'I don't want to know', 'too much information'. Just come out as the nazi that you are AG. Give me a break. You are so transparent.
julian March 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I would love to see more gay people living out in this area. It could only help with property values in my opinion. Wherever gay people congregate, gentrification is soon to follow. I hope they bring some friends out here too. All you poor old white heterosexuals people have done nothing for the area but brought it down into the gutter -lol. And here some of you are complaining about an article that mentions that two people working a new business are a couple? Good grief - get a life.
Anon March 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Ok LOL really pushed your button didn't I? Ok first of all I am sure I am way younger than you are, I run every day and I am not even in my 50s yet. I do have gay friends but they are pretty normal and do not need to point that out EVER! Get a clue Julian!
Anon March 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Why not just say business partners? I dint care if they are gay or straight and I don't understand why you care so much. I thought you didn't live here? You said living out in this area. When do we get to meet? Since you are here and all?
Anon March 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Find me an article and I will
Toni McAllister (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The fact that they are more than just business partners is important to the story. If it were a married man and woman, we would point that out as well. Here is an example of a business profile where we did just that: http://patch.com/A-k9WY Whenever we know the relationship status of people who are being quoted or named in a story, we typically point out that relationship.
julian March 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
You are so funny. Where I live is none of your business. Yes, I own property out where you are. Yes, I've becoming out there my whole life (45) since my grandparents owned land and houses out there they bought in the 1930s. Oh, they too didn't live there either, just weekends to get my aunts and uncles out of the city. Regarding your gay friends, I honestly didn't expect you to have any but maybe you aren't so bad after all - just quick to name call that's forsure. Anyway, maybe they don't point it out to you because they know you already know? I think this was relevant information and it does make me happy that there are gay people out there in our area because where ever gay pioneers go progress and increased property values are sure to follow and those are things I would like for the area. I'm not there now, but I was just out there at the beginning of the month doing some business. I probably won't be out again for two - three months. If I run into you, I'll be sure to have my papers commendante. Anyway, Glad to hear you are athletic. We at least have that in common. 9months out of the year I ride my bike to work, I swim a mile at lunch time, swim another 2 miles after work with a master's team. So yes I'm in pretty good shape too. Ok Ok, have a good one AG.
Suzanne March 29, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I agree with Toni - this is a story about them. Two domestic partners living in a place that is well known for its closed-mindedness. Its important to see those stereotypes changing. I am happy that a couple runs a business and is successful in my community. This couple has brought a great deal of money back to my kids' schools by doing fundraisers to help assist from paper & pencils all the way to sports uniforms and musical equipment. Regardless of their sexual congress, in the story, they state a "couple" so its obvious they are domestic partners...so whats wrong with making that known from the beginning? Good for the patch, good for Chris and Tony, good for Lake Elsinore. Thank you for thinking about our community and making positive changes. Hopefully we can keep our confederate flag slinging closed mindedness slander to ourselves.
Roberto March 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Pathetic hypocritic liberals. Popeye has come on here using the derogatory term "Tea Bagger" and no problem for this biased little media until now that a liberal wanted to make a politically correct blog article. I'm with A.G. I'm not interested in their sexual relationship. Why then isn't written that so and so is stoopin so and so whenever articles are written? Seems Liberals make up their own rules as the go along. Hypocrites, all of them.
Suzanne March 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Thus proving a point. Closed minded rednecks...the whole lot of you. You make me ashamed of being a resident in such a beautiful city. Would it be better if they said a Mexican American married couple...?
Anon March 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Suzanne you need to open that closed mind of yours and see what you are saying. What difference does it make if they are domestic partners or Hispanics? It doesn't mean that they are better or worse business owners. Point of the article to me is the re-opening of a business here in the LE and we hope it prospers!!! Nothing more, nothing less! I don't care if they are purple, I like The orange one that tastes like a 50/50 bar and if they can make it, I am buying it!
Popeye March 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Roberto the Tea Bagger. Unknowing to what you say...
MT March 30, 2012 at 03:05 AM
As Toni pointed out, if it had been a married heterosexual couple, then the patch would have pointed that out as well. If it had been two best friends, it would have been included in the story as well. Whenever the Patch knows the relationship status of the people being quoted in the article, they point it out. So if you have a problem with "domestic partners" being in this article because according to you [it has no relevance], you are a hypocrit. Because you wouldn't have said the same thing about a heterosexual relationship status had that been qouted. I'm glad this was pointed out in the article.
MT March 30, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Switch it around a bit, check this out... Had the article said, "But the married couple, Matt & Rachel -- are not only enterpreneurs, they also have a sense of responsibility and commitment to Lake Elsinore." I guarantee none of y'all that are whining now, would have whined about a hetero married couple being pointed out. Just saying.
carol s March 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM
We are so proud of these business owners and look forward to their continued success! To own your own Juice It Up! franchise, visit http://www.juiceitup.com/franchise-opportunities .Territories in California & nationwide still available! Live life juiced!


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