Good­ness gra­cious, health food store turns 5

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

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.

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