For three generations, the Greene family has operated the Oswego Sub Shop on West Bridge Street, satisfying the munchies of college students and Oswego residents at all hours of the day and night for 51 years.
For more than 20 years, Greene’s Ale House—located across the street from the Sub Shop—quenched the thirst of the same community members. Then in 2019, Bill Jr. and Katherine Pullen Greene ’92 transformed that property into a nutrition club called The Mix.
The couple replaced the bar’s dark wooden bar and barstools, the dim lighting accented by neon signs, with light wood, crisp white walls with bright green accents, lots of natural light and soft seating. The Mix opened on March 10, 2019—24 years to the day of when the couple had opened Greene’s Ale House.
However, instead of consuming beer or liquor and maybe a dozen chicken wings, members of The Mix can customize their own meal replacement shake from dozens of flavor combinations, sip on an energizing tea with a soothing aloe shot or pop a protein ball into their mouths.
“The Mix is a nutrition club for everyone,” said Kathy, who owns and operates The Mix, Oswego Sub Shop and Greene Rental Properties with her husband. “We provide healthy meal options to our community, free body composition testing and personal wellness coaches who can help with health and nutrition goals.”
The idea for the shop came from her husband and her son, Billy, who came across a similar business, Slim Possible, in Rhode Island where Billy was attending a summer lacrosse camp.
“Each shake is packed with protein as well as lots of vitamins and minerals, which made it the perfect breakfast for Billy to get through the intense days on the field,” Kathy said. “They drank shakes once and sometimes twice a day. We realized that we had a great opportunity and location to promote health and wellness in the community with The Mix.”
Each shake has on average 24 grams of protein, 21 vitamins and minerals, 15-18 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar derived from fruit and approximately 250 calories.
They call the store, a nutrition club, and the customers, members, because they want to make clear that customers who order anything have full access to the complimentary wellness profile. That entails a one-on-one appointment with a wellness coach who discusses health goals, obtains weight and measurements and creates a customized fitness and nutrition plan.
For Kathy, an Oswego native who studied business administration at SUNY Oswego, this latest venture is yet another way to support and serve her community.
After working as a retail manager in a clothing store and as a credit anaylst with Dunn and Bradstreet in Syracuse, she said she is proud to join her husband and his family in their businesses in Oswego.
In addition to sponsoring numerous youth, adult and collegiate teams and organizations, she and her husband’s three Oswego-based businesses employ dozens of community members and serve thousands of customers each year.
But she said she hopes their biggest contribution is the creation of the next generation of Greenes.
“We are striving to raise three independent, hard-working children who have character and the desire to make our community a better place,” she said. “They started giving back to their community by working and volunteering at early ages. Our goal is to have them be bigger contributors than we are.”