About Us


Diamonds on your inside. That’s what we want. Don’t you? This is a place to visit for guidance, humor and wit about healthy, happy lives. We only have one. Make it count!

Mary Kathryn Bass and Leslie Needleman, CHHC, have been long lost soul mates for their entire lives. Born seven days apart at the dawn of disco, they met through their children’s school. Friends and school auction parties were not enough.

When Needleman learned of her diagnosis of node positive breast cancer, Bass was there to share in her journey. As Leslie learned everything she could about nutrition and how it can heal, Mary Kathryn was excited to listen and learn too.

They learned they were both in love with a healthy, happy lifestyle that included mind, body and spirit. It was Bass who urged The GEM idea alongside Needleman’s new nutrition foundation and her “Diamonds on Your Inside” counseling program (which inspired the name of the juice and tea bar, “The GEM.”)

They spent hours testing the perfect combinations of ingredients to ensure that everything would be approachable and yummy.

“We want people to experience the great taste and good feeling our GEM offerings bring,” says Bass. “Then we tell them it’s organic and vegan and it usually involves kale!”

They love sharing their “Peace. Happy. Juice.” with you, and continue to impart their “GEM-my” ways into ever aspect of The GEM.