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Westerly Natural Market, 2018 Retailer of the Year finalist, Unique Store

Westerly Natural Market steps outside the box

Cutting edge products and service are front and center at Westerly Natural Market, a 2018 Retailer of the Year finalist in the Unique Store category.

Founded in 1966, Westerly Natural Market has served Manhattan for more than 50 years, offering fresh organic produce, local natural and organic foods, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and poultry, nutritional supplements, and environmentally friendly and cruelty-free natural skin care.

Here are just three ways Westerly Natural Market is unique:

Hard-to-find items. Beyond the shelf, Westerly Natural Market boasts an organic juice bar serving fresh-to-order raw vegetable and fruit juices, as well as all natural protein shakes, smoothies, and acai bowls. Its hot soup bar serves 15 varieties of all natural soups. Plus, it offers hot bone broth to-go and fresh kombucha on tap.

New items. CBD is just one example. “As consumers become more educated and better informed on the positive health effects of CBD, they are looking to test, try and discover these products for themselves,” says marketing coordinator Christina Watkins. At Westerly, she says, customers will find a variety of CBD products and the response has been unparalleled. “As a store that is continuously on the cutting edge of health, we are fast becoming the premier place to learn about the world of CBD and to help customers experience the effects it can have on their health and well-being,” she adds.

Local support. Westerly Natural Market is a sponsor of Bailey House, a charity founded in 1964 that provides housing for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Built on the premise that “a future starts with a place to live,” Bailey House offers housing and supportive services for individuals in both residential and scatter-site apartment settings throughout New York City. “At Westerly, we are committed to giving back to the community,” Watkins says. “For three decades, Bailey House has helped New York’s neediest. We are honored to be helping them continue their extraordinary service.”

The other Retailer of the Year Unique Store finalists are:

GreenAcres Market
Erewhon Organic Grocery and Cafe

The Natural Foods Merchandiser/Natural Products Expo winners will be announced Friday night at Natural Products Expo East 2018.

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