Huriyali Gardens, Huger Street's new hidden oasis, opens next week

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Artist Charlie Malpass painted Huriyali Gardens' mural - KINSEY GIDICK
  • Kinsey Gidick
  • Artist Charlie Malpass painted Huriyali Gardens' mural
Farmers market regulars will recognize the name Huriyali. Owned by Tom McFall and Ruchi Mistry, Huriyali is a juice business sold at all of the local markets. But starting next week they're limiting their market dates because their new brick-and-mortar storefront is opening and it's downright dreamy.

Huriyali Gardens owners Ruchi Mistry and Tom McFall - KINSEY GIDICK
  • Kinsey Gidick
  • Huriyali Gardens owners Ruchi Mistry and Tom McFall
At 401 Huger Street you'll find Huriyali Gardens, a juice bar meets vegetarian cafe with an HGTV-worthy backyard. Tucked behind a once blighted home, McFall and Mistry have designed an outdoor oasis with three umbrella-covered tables, a bubbling fountain, and a patch of fresh herbs they'll use in their sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and, most importantly, juices.

"We got the idea for the juice business when we were living in India," explains McFall. Following their graduation from the College of Charleston in 2012, the couple moved to Mistry's home in Ahmedabad, Gujarar, India. McFall settled into a job in finance, but he says his stomach didn't adjust as quickly to life abroad. "My mother makes juices," says Mistry. "And those were my saving grace," adds McFall.

Upon their return to Charleston a year later, and fully convinced of the power of juice, the pair decided to go ahead and try their hand at running their own juice biz naming it the hindi word for "green vibrance."  And they try to follow that motto when it comes to suppliers. According to their menu, the couple sources organic as much as possible and uses produce from Ambrose Family Farm, Joseph Fields Farm, Kennerty Farms, and Celestial Hills Farm. 

So far the menu (see images below) includes five smoothies, all priced at $7, and six juices ranging from $7-$9. The food definitely fits the granola-vibe with an acai bowl filled with fresh fruits, Instagrammer favorite avocado toast, and something called green grits with pureed collards, avocado, and (the seemingly impossible) grass-fed butter. McFall also says the veggie panini has been an early hit with friends. It comes filled with potato, cucumber, tomato, onion, Go-Veggie cheese, green chutney, and more of that grass-fed butter. We can't vouch for the food yet, but we give the Green Machine smoothie a solid thumbs up. The blend of romaine, banana, coconut water, cilantro, lime, and ginger is a refreshing sip. Just wish we'd had time to enjoy it in that charming courtyard. 

Huriyali Gardens officially opens for business Wed. Aug. 19. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays. 
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