While the health food industry has exploded in recent years, it’s always been a way of life for Tanya Thorp, owner of Nelson Bay Health Foods.
Since it first opened in the Cinema Mall in the early 1980s, Nelson Bay Health Foods has been providing a growing range of health food, supplements and practitioner services to an increasingly health conscious customer base from Port Stephens to Sydney.
Now in a new space, located at 7 Stockton St Nelson Bay, Tanya and the team are looking forward to sharing their bright new space with customers and continuing to support the health needs of everyone that visits.
“We are very excited about the new shop and look forward to hearing what our customers think of our new space. Some of them have been coming to us for thirty years, so we are incredibly grateful for their loyalty. It shows how supported we are by the locals. It goes back to having great customer service and advice and quality products,” says Tanya.
With qualified practitioners trained in herbal medicine, vitamin supplements and nutrition customers know that they can rely on the help and advice of staff at the store. Tanya herself has been a herbalist for almost ten years and says it’s rewarding to see the impact they can have on the wellbeing of customers.
“As a practitioner and being brought up with alternative healthcare I am passionate about educating people about food, "you are what you eat" as they say, it’s great to see customers come back once they have tried changing their habits and say how good they are feeling.”
Tanya attends regular seminars to learn about the most recent research into natural health and is currently studying Integrative Oncology to work with people living with cancer. In fact, the entire team at Nelson Bay Health Foods is wholeheartedly committed to the health.
Julie, previous owner of the store, has been in the industry for over 20 years and is Medical Herbalist. Donna has also been working in the health food industry for almost 20 years and has a certificate in retail health food and supplements.
Ella joined the team nearly 3 years ago, as a vegan she provides great ideas to people looking for recipes. Cynthia, Tanya’s mum also helps out in the store and was a massage therapist for over 10 years she has used alternative healthcare for most of her life. Sharon is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience, she offers great advice on the floor to customers especially on nutrition.
“Our team offers tremendous knowledge and we pride ourselves on supporting our customers, whether its finding ingredients, ordering a product or a friendly chat we always aim to go above and beyond,” adds Tanya.