The Value of Sales Representatives

New faces walk through our doors all the time, most are customers, many are old friends and a few are there to represent a...
marketing

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...

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...
exit strategy

Looking for the Exit

  Like many independent retailers in our industry, I started my business fueled by a passion to help people with safe natural options to live...

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,...

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...

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...

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...