This month for Boody’s Shop Local series we are featuring Rebecca's Natural Foods. Rebecca's Natural Foods is an independently owned and operated natural food store in Charlottesville, Virginia. They've been carrying Boody in their store since 2015.
We had the opportunity to speak with Brandon, who is their Store Co-Manager, as well as their HBA & Supplement Buyer.
How/when did Rebecca's Natural Foods store open and how has it evolved/grown since then?
Opened in 1987 and moved to a larger location where we still are a year later. Grew from a handful of staff to around 22. We offer natural foods and bulk, a wide array of supplements, body care, gifts and local items.
What is your store known for?
We are known for a knowledgeable, long-term staff (2-30 years) who pride themselves on research, offering the best possible options of a wide variety of products and great customer service.
How important is healthy living, and environmental sustainability to your business?
How has COVID-19 impacted your store? Any product areas that increased in sales?
In mid-March, we had our best sales ever and then we steadily decreased to 40% of our normal sales. Immune supplements, hand sanitizer, and paper products sold well for a month then CBD and stress supplements and local meat and canned goods.
Why did Rebecca's Natural Foods bring Boody into the store?
I brought in Boody at Expo East because I loved the sustainability and quality of the products that are functional and great for every day.
What are your top Boody sellers?
Cami tops, shaper bras, bikinis, 3/4 leggings
What’s your favorite Boody item?
Women’s brief or men’s work socks (so padded)
What are your plans for the future of Rebecca's Natural Foods?
We have expanded our alternative shopping options for called in/emailed grab-n-go, curbside pickup, mail order, or delivery within 20 miles. We are almost ready to launch an online ordering system for in-store pickup/delivery for our top sellers and will gradually increase the SKUs on it. We hope to still be able to provide quality natural foods and products to our community for a long time to come even as major changes are occurring in our ability to offer service in the same way.
What are your two top recommendations for anyone visiting Charlottesville, VA?
Visit Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home), The Downtown Mall (a pedestrian mall with shops and restaurants and a nearby brewery-hopefully many will make it), and the many local vineyards.