Natural Grocers, a chain of stores offering healthy food that has a location in Clive, observed its 64th anniversary Thursday with tropical-themed celebrations. Those who missed the party can still participate by trying to win a prize in the store’s “Count the Hibiscus Flower” contest.
“Stop by and pick up a copy of our August Health Hotline magazine and count the hibiscus flowers that appear in the issue. Guess the correct number and you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Natural Grocers gift card. Of course, rules and regulations apply,” Corinne Fenske, nutrition health coach for Natural Grocers told Clive News in an email interview.
Those who were able to show up had the opportunity to win a trip to Hawaii while enjoying complimentary samples of tropical juices, enjoying a free dairy or nondairy ice-cream sundae or root beer float, and maybe winning a prize during the hourly drawings. Shoppers received huge discounts on select items and a free reusable shopping bag.
Members received additional gifts.
Natural Grocers had modest beginnings in 1955 in Golden, Colorado, when Margaret Isley, who credited whole foods and good nutrition with healing her chronic illness, and her husband, Philip, went door to door selling their whole-grain bread and loaning customers books about nutrition. The eventual result was a chain of stores in the Midwest, Texas and Colorado that were ahead of their time in committing to sell only organic product (1989), banning partially hydrogenated oils (1990), creating the position of health coach (1995), going bag free (2009) and phasing out products from confinement dairies (2017).
Next up for Natural Grocers is a Sept. 7 celebration of Organic Month, offering free samples of USDA-certified-organic produce and a free reusable bag with every purchase. For more information, visit the store’s website.