Searching for Answers

Over the now three and a half decades I have been on the health and nutrition field, it has always been common knowledge that...

Standing with Our Organic Farmers

(This piece was originally published in a newsletter from Whole Earth Center, Princeton, NJ) A recent report on organic food and beverage shoppers suggests that...

Survival Tips for Independent Stores in an Ever Changing Market

Twenty years ago, shopping in a natural foods market was considered quite “alternative”.  Customers only went there if they were “sick” or needed a...
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The New Marketing Tool

As a retailer, there are so many hats to wear, it is often daunting to "do it all." Between all issues that relate to...

Streamlining Systems Helps Local Organic Market Crunch Time

Embarking on an adventure known as opening and owning a natural grocery store leaves one open to questions, comments and conversation: questions of disbelief,...

3 Keys To An Educated Staff

For independent retailers seeking to compete in a mass-market world, differentiating ourselves through customer service and an educated staff has become more important than...

Trust

Our customers trust us, and that is no small thing. And because they trust us, they trust the companies we trust.  “If you’re stocking...

Foundations and Integrity

If one were to ask me what the most important thing is to me, my store and the health food industry at large, there...

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