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Being Savvy about Business

August 1, 2012

Growing up in Charleston, Jennifer Miller always knew she wanted to work with animals when she grew up. She went to college and specialized in gorilla research. Over the next 10 years her career in behavioral research took her to various zoos and wildlife research organizations both in the US and overseas. It was in north Sumatra in Indonesia, working with orangutans that she met Indira Riswanto.

After one more job as an emergency relief responder addressing wildlife concerns in disasters around the world, Jennifer  wanted to move her commitment to animals to a more workable scale and returned to Charleston. There she serves on the Board of Directors for the Kanawha County Humane Society and started an on-line store for upscale natural fiber clothing called Mission Savvy. A portion of every sale goes to one of several animal rescue organizations that she knows well. 

Meanwhile, Jennifer’s mother was running a business evaluating nutritional needs and suggesting dietary changes for people wanting improvement in their health.  Indira attended the Living Light Institute and became certified as a raw vegan chef. Together he and Jennifer operate Organic-To-Go, a storefront juice bar and cafe in downtown Charleston as well as a food truck that provides catering at off-site events.

The Mission Savvy Organic-To-Go menu includes a variety of salads and also juices that can be used for cleansing or simply refreshing enjoyment.  While I was there Indira was busy preparing juices and Jennifer packaging up salads for delivery to the Wild Ramp. Good eating ahead!!

Mission Savvy

Jennifer Miller and Indira Riswanto

202 Hale Street, Charleston, WV 25301


202 Hale Street  Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 343-4253
5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2012 2:54 pm

    Having had to drastically alter my diet from meat to veggies…health concerns, I really appreciate your post here. To be honest, I cringe when folks say, “Oh, you joined the vegetarian kooks?” “No”. I reply. “I’m just finally obeying my Mama who used to look at my dinner plate and tell me, “eat your vegetables!”
    I wish Mission savvy the best!

    • August 2, 2012 7:18 pm

      The salads that Mission Savvy prepared and brought to the Wild Ramp looked great. I bought one and while it was a bit pricey, I could not eat it all, so it actually provided two lunches.

  2. August 1, 2012 5:10 pm

    We recently went meatless as well, and it has been such a nice change! It has challenged me to become so much more creative in the kitchen, and learn about different ways to prepare veggies. I’ve been considering a cleanse, maybe you have a good suggestion for which kind to try? I don’t have a juicer yet or a good blender, but it’s possible to get one.

    Thank you for liking my new post!!

    • August 1, 2012 7:53 pm

      The people at Savvy Mission said the blender blades produce heat and that can affect the enzymes. They have a juicer that was on its side with the solids coming out a port in the front and the juice underneath. I did not take the name or model….but research it to find out the issue about the enzymes.

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