A Mission to Heal: Neighborhood Natural Goods

“This store is about healing. Healing with food, healing with herbs.”

These words come from Kathy Ringler, and one visit to her store, Neighborhood Natural Goods, proves them true.

Tucked away on a residential street in Salida across from the elementary school, Neighborhood Naturals is the city’s longest-running natural foods store.

But the location is not a detriment to commerce for Kathy. In the twenty or so minutes we were there for an interview, over a dozen folks of all ages passed through the doors, filling their baskets with whole grains, vegetables, soaps, lotions and vitamins.

Kathy, a Certified Nutritional Herbalist, says she first opened the business in downtown Salida in 1980 because “I needed the food.” 

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