2017-04-02 / Front Page

Neighborhood Health and Herb thanks loyal customers

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By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer

SACO — For nearly 20 years, Neighborhood Health and Herb has not only been a place to buy natural foods and supplements, but it’s been a resource for people who want to learn more about natural remedies.

The 239 Main St. will be closing in mid-April, and Greg Boucouvalas said he and co-owner George Caras are thanking all their loyal customers by offering up to 50 percent off the store’s inventory.

Hours will be noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

“We’ve had customers who have been coming here since day one,” said Boucouvalas.

The store, among other items, has a large selection of premium teas and bulk herbs, he said.

“George is a really good curator. He has has really high standards,” said Boucouvalas. “If it’s got a spot on the shelf, it’s justified, it’s not a fad.”

Boucouvalas, who is a pharmacist with a background in nutrition, said he and Caras opened the downtown store to help people with an integrative approach to medication and to assist customers in making informed decisions.

Instead of just making a sale, Boucouvalas said he and Caras got to know their customers, and were able to advise them on supplements that would best suit their needs and impact their health.

“We’ve had a pretty good run,” said Boucouvalas. He said with the recession and what he calls “the Amazon economy” that has people ordering more items online, it's been difficult for small businesses.

Boucouvalas said in addition to having great customers, the store had a “fantastic” landlord.

The business community downtown has also been supportive over the years, he said.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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