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." •