Goodness gracious, health food store turns 5
GOODNESS Gracious owner Helen Pike stands proud in her shop at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre this week and reflects on how far the health food store has come.
She posed for photos with employee Deb Holcroft as the two laughed and threw their hands up in excitement at the store’s achievement.
On Friday Goodness Gracious will turn five.
It all started as a passion and a small shop on Stewart Drive in Cannonvale five years ago.
When Helen Pike moved to the region seven years ago, she had to travel to Mackay to purchase health food and products when she thought, “hey I could do this”.
With the help of friends, family and hard work, Ms Pike’s dream became a reality.
She worked five days in her shop and maintained merchandising jobs in Mackay to keep an alternative income.
An opportunity arose to move to the Whitsunday Shopping Centre and with the community’s support; Goodness Gracious was set up in just four days. Ms Pike said the rest was history. “[We are] celebrating our fifth year, have employed six staff and our humble little shop is bulging at the seams,” she said.
“To succeed in business, it’s not about the paint job and prices, it’s about customer service and a great team of staff to hold it all together”.
Ms Pike is determined to support local products and the store, which is open seven days a week, works in liaison with naturopath Keira Hinshaw from the Wellness Centre in Proserpine.
This Friday Ms Pike would like to thank her customers for their support with special discounts and homemade treats and shelf items to enjoy.
Ms Pike is ready for new adventures and wants to be closer to her grandchildren and has announced that Goodness Gracious is now for sale.
BIRTHDAY FUN: Goodness Gracious’ Helen Pike and Deb Holcroft celebrate five years in business.