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Arnada Naturals settles into niche

first_imgFive years have passed since Chris Read opened his small health food store called Arnada Naturals, marking a milestone in a tough niche market.Now in Uptown Village at 2407 Main Street, the store caters to nearby residents who are drawn to its collection of dairy-free and gluten-free foods, natural beauty products and natural vitamins. “We built it by giving folks products they would normally have to drive to get, but in their own neighborhood,” said Read, who has lived in the Arnada neighborhood since 2002.The store also attracts customers from east Vancouver and even Portland, averaging 15 to 50 customers per day. Many of them are regulars on a first-name basis with Read.Read will celebrate five years of business on Nov. 15. Anniversary events will start at 11:15 a.m. and will include demonstrations and samples from local health food companies such as Bright Earth Foods. The store will also hold a drawing for a gift set.last_img read more

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