Presenting Clarks Cultures
He is the namesake for two boroughs in the Abingtons and now a drink that will make its debut this weekend also bears Deacon William Clark’s name.
The company kickoff for Clarks Cultures, a locally produced kombucha tea drink, will take place during the annual Earth Day Open House at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit, on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The drink is the brainchild of Ryan Makinson, a staff member at the store, who explained that he discovered kombucha as a part of his job.
“Kombucha is a very nutritious, fermented tea and two years ago I had no idea what it was and I had never even heard of it,” Makinson said. “That changed as soon as I started working at Everything Natural and after, trying it once, I immediately loved it. Since this tea was catching my interest more and more, becoming a lunch break staple, I began learning about how to make it on my own.”
Makinson said that another store employee had been brewing her own kombucha and helped him get started, causing him to become hooked on his version of the product. Now, a year later, Makinson is ready to bring his own blend, which he named Clarks Cultures in honor of Clarks Summit Borough, to the mainstream.
“My life is kind of funny sometimes, because I’ve read articles and interviews about people who have started companies that really took off, and a common starting point for a lot of those people is, ‘I found something I loved, a way to make it, a way to share it, and from there it grew into what it is today,’” Makinson said. “I would read things like that and have this annoying, nagging doubt that anything successful can really start that way, that I myself could actually do something similar to the person I just read about. But it’s happening to me right now, so I can’t doubt it any longer and I know that if I keep on loving my kombucha more than I love success or wealth or any of those weird things that always fade away, I know this whole experience is going to bring me a good deal of joy, and that’s something I can actually share with people.”
Besides the official debut of Clarks Cultures, the Everything Natural Earth Day Open House will also offer sprouting demonstrations and fresh wheatgrass juicing with Ellen McGlynn, The Wheatgrass Grower, as well as demonstrations of Young Living Essential Oils, food sampling and live music.
According to store owner Barry Kaplan, one of the day’s biggest draws is the free “e-cycling” event that will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kaplan said that the e-cycling event is a way for people to bring their old and unwanted electronics, including cell phones, computers, televisions and VCRs, for eco-friendly recycling, explaining that state laws often make e-cycling difficult for people.
“Pennsylvania is such a conundrum; we’ve passed a law which mandates that we can’t throw electronic waste into the landfill, but there’s no curbside pickup for electronic waste, so what do people do with it?” Kaplan said. “There is no system in place in Pennsylvania for people to dispose of electronic waste. We team up with Waste Management, who provides a trailer and takes the goods in a secure fashion, so that people who have data on a hard drive can know it is secure, and everything is destroyed and recycled properly.”
Kaplan said that the electronic goods are then taken to an electronics recycling center where they are sorted and as much as possible gets reclaimed and reused. The store provides the service for free and store employees along with volunteers from the Countryside Conservancy provide labor, including assisting people with removing electronics from their vehicles. R.N. DeMeck Roofing Systems donates a forklift for the event and the electronics recycled during the day count toward Clarks Summit’s totals for recycling grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit everythingnaturalpa.com or call 570-586-9684.