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New superfood bowl café to bloom soon in Northwest Rochester

Med City entrepreneur Sarah Kirklin Pacchetti hopes to open Bloom Açai Café within the First Alliance Credit Union Center at 2483 Commerce Drive NW in a few weeks, possibly as early as the weekend of Aug. 19.

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Med City entrepreneur Sarah Kirklin Pacchetti hopes to open Bloom Açai Café within the First Alliance Credit Union Center at 2483 Commerce Drive NW in a few weeks, possibly as early as the weekend of Aug. 19.
Jeff Kiger / Post Bulletin
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ROCHESTER — A new “superfood” sorbet bowl shop is gearing up to bloom soon in northwest Rochester.

Med City entrepreneur Sarah Kirklin Pacchetti hopes to open Bloom Açai Café within the First Alliance Credit Union Center at 2483 Commerce Drive NW in a few weeks, possibly as early as the weekend of Aug. 19.

Pacchetti, known in Rochester for her Home Instead in-home senior care services firm as well as a previous downtown dance studio project , said opening a café to serve gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based bowls of sorbets, fruits, nut-butters, seeds and more was not on her agenda until early 2021.

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“I wasn't really looking for another business, but I tried superfood sorbet bowls in March of 2021, and I just fell in love with the concept. I just thought this would be really fun to bring to Rochester,” she said. “I couldn’t believe something that tastes like dessert was packed with so many health benefits.”

That early interest led to a research trip to California, where bowl cafés are booming. That resulted in Pacchetti bringing back the aspects that she liked to Rochester to create Bloom.

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When it opens, Bloom will offer 12 signature bowls made with a variety of fruit, grain and even edible flowers, plus an option for customers to build their own layered bowls. She expects to staff the café with a team of about 14 “Bowlistas” aka Bowl Artists.

While the superfood bowl trend has already arrived in Minnesota and Rochester , Pacchetti has her own unique take on the concept.

In addition to the layers of fruit sorbets, Bloom will offer nutritious Maca overnight oats as an option to add to a bowl or simply as a nutritious breakfast option on its own.

Pacchetti also has her own green sorbet that includes vegetables like kale and broccoli combined with fruits like kiwi and apples.

In addition to the menu, Pacchetti is excited about the location of her new café with the commercial center opened by First Alliance Credit Union in 2020. Bloom is joining Great Harvest Bread and Moka to create a sort of a food court vibe along with the credit union and a Doma real estate office .

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Med City entrepreneur Sarah Kirklin Pacchetti hopes to open Bloom Açai Café within the First Alliance Credit Union Center at 2483 Commerce Drive NW in a few weeks, possibly as early as the weekend of Aug. 19.
Jeff Kiger / Post Bulletin

The addition of Bloom fills the final available space in the complex. Pachetti has made the café very eye-catching and colorful with a large mural by Rochester artist Greg Wimmer.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in "Heard on the Street." Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger . You can call him at 507-285-7798.

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Jeff Kiger writes a daily column, "Heard Around Rochester," in addition to writing articles about local businesses, Mayo Clinic, IBM, Hormel Foods, Crenlo and others. He has worked in Rochester for the Post Bulletin since 1999. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger . You can call him at 507-285-7798.
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