Derek Fleming with smoothie and educational cardsDerek Fleming smiles in 2019. 

Eleven and a half months after fire closed Thrive Juice Cafe, the East Arlington business plans to reopen Saturday, July 16. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Owner Derek Fleming cited delays by contractors as part of the slow return after an early morning blaze Aug. 28 hit the cafe and 13Forest, next door. The art gallery reopened in May.

Fleming plans have a ready smile and signature smoothies ready for the public.

Early reports last year put the fire damage to the two businesses at $65,000, but final figures were believed to be much higher.

At the time, Fleming told YourArlington: "It will be a long haul." For the business that opened in May 2018, it has been.


Aug. 28, 2021: Early morning blaze hits 2 E. Arlington businesses


Nov. 13, 2019: To further Thrive, E. Arlington owner aims to widen smile to nation

This news announcement was published Tuesday, July 12, 2022.