Wayne and Sandra Marlowe of Nicholasville and their five grown children share many active pursuits: biking, hiking, swimming, running — and entrepreneurship.
The Marlowes have spent the past 18 months developing six flavors of a beverage they call Gruv, made from three grains — Barley, amaranth and quinoa — and natural fruit juices. Gruv was inspired by lemon barley water, a classic drink in Great Britain, and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives.
"Getting something from concept to market is not quick and takes some capital," Sandra said. "But we've also gotten a lot of help along the way, much of it for free."
Before launching the company, Sandra got advice from the Central Kentucky Inventors Council, which she has been a member of for years, and took classes from SCORE, a non-profit organization that helps small businesses get started.