Hey there! Welcome to our store! We hope you stick around a while and look around!
Founded back in 1991, the Natural Food Store continues to be a community center for healthy foods, herbs, supplements and other health products, as well as friendly and knowledgeable advice and service. Our team here, led by owners Eric McMullen and Krystal Quattlebaum, wants to do our part to help people in central Arkansas live happy and healthy lives.
After we exchange introductions, we’d like to tell you a little history, to get you caught up on where we are now and how we got here.
The Natural Food Store was opened in 1991 as a result of Perry Ambrose’s growing interest in natural health and healing. He and his family were having numerous health problems, partly caused by the negative effects of pharmaceutical medicines. Perry’s research led him to the conclusion that health, good and bad, is each person’s responsibility and can be achieved by enlisting timeless principles of good health. Through the use of quality food, supplemental nutrients, herbs, exercise, and positive mental and spiritual thinking a person regain their health before a dependence on pharmaceuticals. His passion for nutrition allowed him to help himself, his family and thousands of others to attain better health the natural way.
In 1999 Perry Ambrose graduated from the American Health Science University with the degree of Certified Nutritionist. The school was so impressed with his writings that they posted over one hundred of more than 300 of his articles on their online library. He spoke several times per year to civic groups, university and high school classes, and various health support groups. Perry wrote columns for several area newspapers for many years. But his most satisfying endeavor was meeting one-on-one with those who need help in creating a better quality life. The Natural Food Store is a direct manifestation of that desire.
In 2012, Sandi Myers started working for Perry and Cass (Perry’s wife), and ready to pass the torch, sold her the store. While Sandi held ownership, Perry drove from Little Rock 3 days a week to consult with people. Sandi then hired Eric and Krystal, with Eric learning the nutritional aspect (through continued education and sitting in consultations with Perry), and Krystal utilizing her skills in business.
In April of 2014, Eric and Krystal assumed ownership of the Natural Food Store. They continue to carry on the work Perry began, offering a community-centered business where people can come get help regaining their health.
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“Life is not measured by its length, but by its depth.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a faith-based establishment, we believe that healthy living is a holistic endeavor. It’s not just about extending our lives on earth, but living fully and abundantly. To this end we want our store to help people live more deeply, with a strong marriage of connecting people to God, connecting them to their bodies, and connecting their hearts in strong community relationships to the people around them. Along with other health services, our team prays with many of our clients, knowing that there is no fixed line between using an herb, or a word in prayer, to bring about healing.