All good things are happening at Goodness Me's flagship store in Hamilton.
"Two things we are working on simultaneously: refreshing our brand to impact all three of our stores and expanding our largest store from approximately 17,000 to 19,000 square feet," says general manager Michael Jacks. ...
Congratulations to George Chow on the 20th anniversary of his store, Peaches & Green, located in mid-town Toronto. "I have enjoyed every moment at Peaches & Green in the 20 years," says George. "The staff and customers have made the experience very enjoyable. The feelings of contributions made to others is meaningful. I've always had a strong belief in the industry and enjoyed being a part of that growth. It has allowed me to be who I am."
George points to several reasons the store has been able to thrive while being surrounded by all types of competition. "To be competitive means you have to be committed to your beliefs and core values in life and apply them to your business. These include being fair and trusting, offering value and growth,sticking to a plan, building strong two-way relationships with select vendors, staying informed and keeping up with education and hiring the best staff possible and treating them how you would want to be treated."
Over the years, George says there have been too many people who have helped along the way, but he did single out some. "In the beginning, Norm Danniels of Body Plus and Stewart Brown of Genuine Health gave me great guidance and support in so many ways. Then, Dean Yachison of Vita Health opened the doors for me to meet some of the most inspiring people in the industry, the likes of Brock Elliott, Bill Gall and John Holtmann to name a few. Many life lessons also came from customers. And being a member of the Health First Network has contributed in too many ways to mention."
When asked if he thought this was a long-term thing when he began, George answered with, "At no time did I think I would be doing this for 20 years. Now, it feels so right. I can't imagine not doing this." •
There are not many people who can boast about being an integral part of a successful retail business for 40 years. However, Bill Gall – owner of Burlington Health Foods – has more than earned those bragging rights. This year, Burlington Health Food celebrates its 40th year anniversary. The store recently marked this monumental milestone with 40 free gifts to the first 40 customers, 40 per cent off selected products and cake and refreshments for everyone....
A number of industry members have banded together to create Youth for Sustainability (Y4S), a project to encourage and support young people via a contest to develop their sustainability ideas. The group – called The Spiral Table – is made up of Charles Chang, founder and president, Sequel; Bruce Martin, general manager, Community Natural Foods; Stewart Brown, founder and CEO, Genuine Health; Ian Walker, founder and CEO, Left Coast Naturals; Randy Whitteker, general manager, ONFC; Rob Sinclair, founder and chief collaboration officer, Conscious Brands and Miriam Karell, founding sustainability strategist, Three Point Vision.
Y4S is looking for ideas that address a specific need for young people, create an impact beyond one community and reduce carbon consumption through education which, in turn, changes behaviour. Young people can win cash funding between $1,000 and $10,000 for their sustainability project. The contest is open to youth (or people involved with youth).
For more information on Y4S, please go to www.youthforsustainability.com •
Organika's Vita-Bears and Omega-Yummies gummies are made with all natural flavours and packed with multivitamins and Omega 3 fish oils. Organika's Omega Yummies fish oil gummies are molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals, that are commonly found in fish oil products. www.organika.com
Featuring 20g of complete plant-based protein, 5,000mg of BCAAs, digestive enzymes and glutamine, Vega Sport Performance Protein will help improve performance, increase muscle synthesis and strength, reduce inflammation and enhance recovery. Provides a complete balanced array of essential and non- essential amino acids. www.myvega.com
Eden announces EDEN Organic Concord Grape Juice, adding to its line of pure, freshly pressed extraordinary juice that includes apple and tart cherry. Grapes are simply pressed, lightly filtered, and bottled. All without enzymes, chemical additives (sometimes called natural flavours), or water. Contact your distributor or Janet Tovey 905/855-0007 www.edenfoods.com
Julie Beaver, the store manager of Health Wise in Welland, ON, has a funny story she likes to tell. “I remember an elderly man walking by and poking his head in our store and saying, ‘Why would anyone ever need a store this big that sells hippie food?’ His prediction was that we would be out of business in two months.”...
The Good Health Mart has purchased six Healthy's and Planet Organic Living stores in the greater Toronto area for an undisclosed amount. The deal was completed March 17. The stores are located in Burlington, Brampton, Milton, Mississauga, Guelph and Toronto.
Nordic Naturals received a 2010 Exporter of the Year award from ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Commerce Department.
The efficacy of PGX has been the subject of over a dozen human clinical studies. A published human tolerance study conducted on 60 subjects showed PGX to be a safe and effective product under the test conditions (approved by French health authorities), and a published genotoxicity study further proves the safety of PGX. The studies were conducted in Australia, Canada and France, on hundreds of subjects over numerous weeks. For more information and to read the abstracts from these four studies, visit naturalfactors.com •
Introducing Myoplex Strength nutrition shake. For years, pros have used EAS Myoplex products to help maximize performance. The proprietary blend of protein rebuilds lean muscle. The right mix of carbohydrates, 25g of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals helps to energize and refuel after your workout. Visit www.eascanada.com or call 800/294-1954.
Natural Factors AcaiRich is made from organic, wild-harvested acai berries and contains concentrated nutrients such as antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. AcaiRich helps promote healthy aging by supporting the cardiovascular system and reducing the free radical damage that can lead to cancer. naturalfactors.com or call 800/663-8900
Bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, John Gray, Ph.D., presents his latest book and shares essential elements of wellness, happiness and lasting passion by revealing the keys to natural health, nutrition and restoring vitality. Available exclusively to health food stores from Preferred Nutrition. www.pno.ca
Lucy Miller's career as the owner of the Healthy Hut health food store almost ended before it ever really got going. All is well now, but it wasn't without the type of challenges that make some people throw their hands up in frustration and walk away.
Within the first year of buying an underperforming health food store in Cochrane, Alberta in 2003, Lucy had some serious obstacles tossed into her path. For example, after only a year into the venture, she was told she'd have to move (in the middle of winter), as her lease wasn't being renewed."..." Read More
By Delia Carnide
Since they first opened Rainbow Natural Foods in Ottawa, ON 30 years ago, Janet and Michael Kaplan have been guided by the concepts of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. They started the “bring your own bag” initiative long before it became fashionable and trendy, says Janet.
It was the spring of 2006 when Dennis Schroeder and his daughter Leane Harasymchuk engineered a major move, taking their store Good ‘n’ Natural from a 1,000 sq. ft. downtown strip mall location in Steinbach MB to a new, larger 2,700 sq. ft. space on a high traffic corner across town. (CNHR Sept-Oct 2006)
Operating in a general trading area of roughly 30,000, which includes towns surrounding Steinbach, Good ‘n’ Natural was also to some degree competing against natural stores in Winnipeg, just a 40 minute drive to the north and west. Prior to the move, many steps were taken by Leane and Dennis to visit other natural stores across the country and to also get the pulse of their customers, asking what they’d like to see in the soon-to-be created location.
News, Views and Happenings in the world of Canadian Natural Health.
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