Winter Park Market has new owners, offers same earth-friendly service
April 21, 2008
To celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, Winter Park Market owners invite community members to stop in their store and try natural products and organic foods.
The full-service grocery store offers gluten-free products; organic and natural foods; “fresh” organic produce; locally baked bread; “extensive” supplements; herbs and homeopathic remedies; natural health and beauty products; and “unique” gifts.
“All of this food is becoming more available and people are becoming more aware of what they’re putting into their bodies,” said co-owner Tracey Chambers. “We hear success stories all the time from our customers.”
Co-owner Stephanie Tuttle said she has not compromised taste for a change of lifestyle.
“I actually taste better food now,” she said. “The meat tastes better. Like chicken, I don’t know if you’ve ever had real chicken,” she joked.
There’s “something about” the chicken the market offers. Tuttle told a story about the first time she tried the market’s poultry.
“I was running late with the kids, I just needed to throw on this (chicken) breast,” she said. “I take a bite, and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was the way chicken, you should think, should taste.”
“Once you start eating organic, the other stuff tastes … like rotten meat,” Tuttle said.
Chambers said the market also works with other community businesses.
“We provide ingredients to local chefs, bakers and restaurants,” she said. “We will carry products from local distributors … as long as they provide us products that are natural or organic.”
This summer the market plans to partner with local farmers, too.
“We’re your good neighbor grocery store,” Chambers said. “We want to be a part of this community.”
The owners also want to be kind to the earth.
“We have reusable shopping bags,” Chambers said. “We are really wanting to support that movement. … Anything you can do helps.”
Linda Borgeson, Mikey Gallavan, and Aimee Olson are employed at the store.
“It’s their lifestyle; they’re passionate about it,” Chambers said. “Our employees are so important to us because they have been working at the store since the beginning.
“Once you are enlightened to the fact that organic, environmentally friendly Go Green concept ” it’s not a joke anymore. When your health improves, and you lose weight, and you look younger and you’re accomplishing all those goals that make a person happy, then you’re on board. Everyone who shops in that store contributes to our education as well.”
Chambers and Tuttle took over the market April 1.
“We both have similar beliefs in regards to food and health,” Chambers said.
It was previously owned by their friend, Michele Murray Hedlund for six years.
“She has agreed to stay on board with us, to consult with us and make sure we continue the success that she created,” Chambers said. “(Customers) are just very happy to know the market is not going away.”
“We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity that she has given us, to allow us to buy that store,” Tuttle said. “It’s service with a smile. We know your names, we know who you are.”
“You’re taken care of, you’re not on your own,” Chambers said. “We have the products that you want.”
“I’m proud of us,” Tuttle said. “I’m proud that we have been able to continue the same level of service for the people here in Grand County.”
Tuttle also owns LF Insurance group and Chambers is a real estate agent with United Country Real Estate in Granby.
Locals get 10 percent off on Fridays. The market, located in Kings Crossing, will be open seven days a week. There are no set hours yet.