Laura Walker, manager at Sunflower Natural Foods, and Ian Raymond, owner of Raymond Photography, hold a photo titled "Chives!" Raymond's work is on display at the newly renovated health food store. (Courtesy photo)
LACONIA — Sunflower Natural Foods at 390 S. Main St., has teamed up with Ian Raymond from Raymond Photography at 616 Main Str. to put the finishing touch on their newly renovated store. The display features Raymond’s photographs of seasonal flora, depicting the plants from which some of Sunflower’s health supplements are derived.
Ian Raymond is celebrating his photographic studio’s 25th year at his Main Street location (39th year working in the photographic industry).
The studio specializes in commercial/industrial/architectural photography, including product photography for mail order businesses; fine art portraiture; quality reproductions of original artwork and archival printing for local artists; as well as his fine art photography. His work is available for purchase at Sunflower Natural Foods, at his Main Street studio, at Artisans By The Bay in Meredith, and at Vibes in Concord.
Sunflower Natural Foods has been a community resource for natural foods and alternative health therapies since 1985. Originally on Canal Street, the store relocated to South Main Street in 1992.
The current manager, Laura Walker, has worked in the natural foods industry for 12 years and in small, local customer service for more than 20 years. She brings her experience as an educator and certified holistic health coach as well as her commitment to cultivate awareness in the field of wellness and passion to serve the community.
"Above all," she said, "We are here to help. Whether you are searching for a particular product or have questions about natural foods and alternative health therapies, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to assist you. Sunflower, as a business, is dedicated to connecting people with the products and resources they need to enrich and better their lives. It is our mission to be socially responsible and environmentally sustainable and we’ve designed our business practices to reflect that commitment. We promote optimal health from the individual to the environment. Our dedicated staff includes teachers, a personal trainer and fitness specialist, a yoga instructor, musicians, writers, thinkers, a magician and healthy living advocates.”
Raymond is pleased to be showing his work at Sunflower.
“I had my work on display at the old location back in the 1980s," he said. "It’s great to be back. I’ve always loved having this health food store as part of our community, and Laura has done a fantastic job of updating the look and feel of the newly renovated store. I will be changing the exhibit each season with the aim of bringing the natural world in, and to tie the products back to their source.”
Walker says “We’re so excited to have Ian Raymond’s photography on our wall! Please come check out our summer installment of beauty!”
Sunflower is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays. They offer everything you need for optimal health and wellness including quality vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, therapeutic grade essential oils, organic and local produce, meats, dairy and eggs, gluten-free foods, natural and organic health and beauty products, green cleaning supplies, housewares, eco-friendly gifts and greeting cards, plus local and fair trade goods.
- Written by Ginger Kozlowski
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