pioneered the health food store concept when it opened in 1869.
The store was family owned from the time it opened until it was sold to its current owner, Dale Reece, in 1991.
For nearly 150 years, Martindale's, with its motto of "Health First", has been a vital part of the Springfield community.
"We endeavor to have knowledgeable staff who support our customers in their journey toward health," said Joan Petrillo, store manager.
Petrillo, who has been with Martindale's for 15 years, found the store to be a valuable resource in her recent fight against cancer.
"I don't like the term cancer survivor," said Petrillo. "It's my mission to inform the public that you can face a life threatening disease and keep your systems up. You can be a cancer conqueror."
The combination of cancer treatments, changes in diet and following the recommendations of her Naturopath, are what Petrillo credits in winning her battle with cancer.
What Is A Naturopath?
Martindale's has a Naturopathic physician available the fourth Saturday of each month for consultations. Naturopathic practitioners take an indepth look at a person's lifestyle, habits, and history before offering advice on diet, supplements, and other holistic approaches to wellness.
While nathuropathic physicians have a degree from an accredited nathuropathic medical school, Pennsylvania is not one of the 16 states that currently license practitioners.
The initial consultation is $150 and follow-up consultations are $80.
Martindale's is willing to give local entrepreneurs a chance. They have helped several local businesses get their start by giving them shelf space including Butt Wiggling Good Pet Bakery of Berwyn and Simple Brandz of Hatfield.
Sun & Earth debuted their laundry deterget refill station here as well. Customers can refill any empty detergent bottle with Sun & Earth's citrus detergent that is "hypoallergenic, biodegradable, non-toxic and free of allergens, dyes, perfumes, and petroleum-based solvents."
"Martindale's carries 100 percent organic produce and tries to stock items you won't find elsewhere like white cucumbers," said Debbie in marketing. "Many people shop here for alternative items like grass fed beef, pastured chicken, and raw milk and cheese."
All of the fresh milk comes from Swiss Villa Dairy, Family Cow, and Dutch Meadows in Lancaster County. Many of the seasonal produce items come from Lancaster Farm Fresh and Paradise Farms.
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