Let me tell you about a little store called “I Love Health” with a HUGE heart. This store is owned by the GORGEOUS Shar Laderman. I met Shar many years back when she worked at another health food store. The first time we met, we started to chat and we just hit it off right away. I always looked forward to going to that store and chatting with her. She left that store and moved to another to manage a health food department at an organic grocery store. I visited her there from time to time but we lost touch after she left.
Many years later, I was walking down Homer Street in Vancouver, BC when I see a sign that says “I Love Health”. You know me. My heart starts to beat faster—an undiscovered health food store, what fun! I literally ran up the stairs and walked in to behold a mecca of raw treats, vegan protein powder, and lots of local product love, with a very well thought out choice of supplements. Score!! This is where I get a lot of my raw treats (see picture), I don’t know what I would do without her.
I got a warm welcome when I entered the store and I started chatting with the girl behind the desk. Right away, the conversation flows. Instant connection and something seems very familiar about her. The closer I get to the till, the more I am racking my brain. Who is this wonderful like-mind women? I know she is thinking the same thing, too. We stare at each other and then we both say that the other person seems familiar. Then boom, it hits us. I was surprised that I didn’t recognize her earlier, as she has not aged a day!
Shar is my soul sister—we think a lot a like and have the same sense of humour. We may look like night and day but we are so much a like that the only things we can’t agree on are coconut aminos and buckwheat…
I believe what truly makes a business is love, heart, and good people. This sums up Shar to a tee. She is an inspiration to women, true girl power. She goes out of her way for each and every customer that comes through her door. She maybe a smaller business compared to some of the bigger chains but not in heart. She will special order a product just for you and actually reorder it and stock it on the shelf, just for you.
She knows all her regular customers, obviously, and goes out of her way to order new products that she thinks you will like with no pressure to buy. But let me tell you, she is always right on the money. It’s that personal touch that you just don’t get with bigger businesses. This amazing woman supports so many local businesses, taking the risk and buying stock when many others would not.
You will be blown away by her knowledge and care. She’s also a registered Holistic Nutritionist! I highly recommend a visit, whether to get some great advice or stock up on raw treats. One visit and you’ll huge heart Shar as much as I do. Check out her website.
<3 you Shar!!