The Natural Foodstore is almost hidden away in Forest Glen's industrial area. I say almost, because a big place like this is hard put not to attract the attention of passing motorists.. As the company likes to say, it is so much more than just an organic department store.
There's The Natural Foodstore that sells certified organic produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs, and other organic products like bulk wholefoods, delicatessen, groceries, refrigerated foods, frozen foods, vitamins, and skin care. It also carries books and offers wholesale buying to organic retailers and a home delivery service.
Then there's the Garden Centre, which carries certified organic plants, herbs, vegetable seedlings, native trees, fruit trees, and other, exotic trees. It also sells organic fertilisers, organic plant food, books, gift items, and gardening accessories and tools. Their green dream team are a generous source of information on organic gardening who love to have a chat with shoppers about anything gardening.
Not least is the Organic Café, where one can relax in a calming yet dynamic ambience in the midst of the Garden Centre's organic plants, shrubberies and trees. The award-winning Garden Centre and Organic Café is a great place to receive an organic garden education and enjoy delectable, organic foods and beverages.
The car park is large and can accommodate plenty of cars. What is interesting and trail-blazing are a couple of charge stations for electric cars amongst the car park spaces right outside the store. Electric car owners can charge their cars, do the shopping and then receive a text message once the car is fully-charged. To put things in perspective, a drive from Forest Glen to Brisbane in a petrol-filled car costs an average of eleven or twelve dollars and less than five dollars in an electric car.
The Natural Foodstore goes back to 1987, when it occupied a much smaller space in Forest Glen. Back then, public perception of organic produce was generalised as new-age or age-of-Aquarius alternative. Things have changed in 2013 -- not only does The Natural Foodstore have larger and better premises that contain an extensive amount of certified organic products and goods, but there is also an increasingly prevailing attitude toward healthy eating and living.
The Natural Foodstore is Queensland's largest organic store and has its own organic farm, from which it sources some of its supply. It has built long-lasting relationships with local organic farmers and organic dairy farmers from Kin Kin to Palmwoods, and from the Glasshouse Mountains to Narangba. These farmers supply sixty percent of the food store's fresh produce and dairy products.
A naturopath is in-house seven days' a week and gives free service and consultation to shoppers. Other visiting specialists and practitioners also offer free consultation periodically and these are advertised on the website in advance. There are regular product and cooking demos and weekly free healthy-cooking trials and tastings. Again, these are posted on the website ahead of time.
It is beneficial to join the free customer club membership as it affords member-only savings and discounts, inclusion in a monthly prize draw (conditions apply) and a free, monthly newsletter with invaluable health tips and advice as well as information on future events.
The Natural Foodstore is on the verge of yet again evolving as it continues to grow and expand in response to demand. As part of this development, it will shed off its current name and take on the new, more fitting name of Kunara Organic Marketplace. Kunara means 'one': one vision, focus, community, dream, and future. Although organic food will remain its core business, Kunara Organic Marketplace will have an array of outlets such as Kunara Natural Foods and Deli, Organic Café and Garden Centre. It will also house independently-owned Sinerji Boutique, who creates and sells fair-trade and sweatshop-free organic, sustainable clothing; Forest Glen Organic Meats, suppliers of certified-organic and free-range meats; and other specialty stores.
These are exciting times for the new Kunara Organic Marketplace and a good opportunity for consumers and the public to better acquaint themselves with a holistic way of life.