The first inklings of a dream began after a visit to Boston in 2018. In 2020, Eric Thornton and his cousin Duane McNeil, along with their wives, Emily Thornton and Cinddy McNeil had a new venture in mind: a juice & smoothie bar in Pittsburgh, but with a mission.
The vision was clear: Music playing, happy workers, delicious smoothies and snacks, and best of all, cold-pressed juice made with both mind, body, tastebuds and accessibility in mind.
As the pandemic carried on, the owners started to think about an appropriate location for a juice bar. One night, Eric and Emily went to SouthSide Works for food at one of their favorite restaurants. To their disappointment, that particular restaurant had shut down, but the trip proved to be fruitful: as they were walking back to the car, Eric stopped and looked inside of an empty little storefront on East Carson St. It was perfect.
After many meetings, and a long process of planning, renovating, preparing, the dream of 1:11 became realized. They are the first business with their unique ownership structure [African American, Korean American, and Costa Rican] to exist in the SSW.
On April 1, 2022, 1:11 Juice Bar officially opened in the City of Pittsburgh! One month later, the second location inside of One Oxford Centre opened and it has been non-stop since.
In 2023, new initiatives and new technology will be launching throughout the year. Our belief is that juice is for everyone and we can't wait to share how we will make that a reality through expansion and growth.
The 1:11 Team is elated to serve the Pittsburgh community. We hope you will come along on this journey and allow our family owned business to become like family to all of you.