In a society that is now beginning to focus more and more on how what we're eating effects our bodies, stores like Healthway Natural Foods become vitally important. I always shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, but I needed vitamins the other day and decided to wander into the Healthway Natural Foods in Springfield. I am so glad I did!
It was refreshing to find sales clerks who actually knew what they were talking about. Not only did the guy understand the limitations of Celiac disease, he was able to steer me towards the best vitamins that are entirely gluten-free and also would work best with my thyroid medication. He also proceeded to have an interesting and extremely knowledgeable conversation with me about autoimmune diseases in general and how other symptoms could be related etc. I ended up walking out of the store forty-five minutes later with three different types of vitamins (a multi-vitamin, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C supplements) as well as with a bunch of specialty gluten-free products I'd never seen on any other grocery shelves. I steered clear of them that day, but they also sell gluten-free beauty and spa products.
I strongly suggest you check out these Healthway stores, the sad reality is that with this shop sharing a parking lot with Trader Joe's they're getting less and less foot traffic.They have already had to close some of their locations because they just can't compete. With gluten-free packaged foods becoming more and more available on grocery shelves, many people believe that specialty stores like this are unnecessary. However, they don't realize the importance of informed sales clerks and personal attention. I learned a lot that day about how beefing up other areas of my diet could help alleviate some of other symptoms. Although the workers at Trader Joe's are always pleasant, I sincerely doubt I would have received that kind of information or attention. We have to keep that in mind and remember the smaller, locally owned shops and the benefits they bring us. It'd be really sad to see places like this become extinct.