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New business shakes things up

Co-owner of Empower Nutrition, Holly Schad, hands a tea to a customer. The shake shop is located in downtown Osakis. (Celeste Edenloff / Osakis Review) 1 / 4
Osakis sisters, Hannah (left) and Holly Schad, recently opened up a shake shop in downtown Osakis, Empower Nutrition. (Celeste Edenloff / Osakis Review) 2 / 4
Empower Nutrition, owned by sisters, Hannah (left) and Holly Schad, has been open since January. It offers shakes, teas, coffee and more. (Celeste Edenloff / Osakis Review) 3 / 4
Empower Nutrition offers shakes and teas like the Turtle Cheesecake shake and Peach-Tastic tea that are pictured. (Celeste Edenloff / Osakis Review) 4 / 4

Two Osakis sisters want to help residents get healthy — one shake at a time.

Hannah Schad, a 2012 Osakis graduate, and her sister, Holly, a 2014 graduate, opened their new shop, Empower Nutrition, this past January.

The sisters serve up Herbalife shakes, teas, coffee and more, and are excited to be in their hometown.

Holly and Hannah said they love the support they've received so far from the community and its residents and they're impressed with how many people have reached out to them.

"It's taking Minnesota nice to the next level," said Hannah.

Prior to opening the shop in Osakis, Holly had a shake shop in Wadena. After moving back to Osakis, she told Hannah she wanted to start a shake up in Osakis again. They said when they were in high school, there was an Herbalife shake shop, Crave, in Osakis that they loved and used to go to frequently.

"After I told Hannah, she immediately asked me, 'Can I do it with you?' " Holly said.

The pair started looking for locations and Holly came across the space at 201 Central Ave., the former site of PhysioLab, and after checking it out, told her sister, "This looks like it could be the one."

Holly explained that the two had to go through the proper permitting process and follow the guidelines not only set by the Minnesota Department of Health, but also Herbalife. After all their T's were crossed and I's dotted, Hannah and Holly remodeled the space themselves, with the help of family and friends, bought all the Food Service of America approved equipment and were finally ready to open their shop.

Empower Nutrition offers healthy meal replacement shakes, hot and cold teas and coffee, protein bars, snacks, as well as a skin care line, hair products and vitamins, all made by Herbalife.

They said their products are for all ages and all body types.

"Anybody is welcome," said Hannah, with Holly adding, "It's for everybody."

More information can be found on the Empower Nutrition Facebook page,

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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