Bigger and Better

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Brenda’s Natural Foods just made a big move.

Started at 216 W. Dominick St. back in 2010, the organic foods and natural products store has moved just down the street to 236 W. Dominick St., celebrating its grand re-opening Thursday.

Owner Brenda Henry said her new space is more than three times the size of the old — from about 800 square feet to 3,000.

The bright, spacious store will not only be home to Henry’s known natural products and locally grown and produced items, but eventually a cafe at the rear of the establishment.

Henry said the Capitol Theatre expansion project, which recently included the opening of The Music Studio at 230 W. Dominick St., was a catalyst in the decision to grow her business into a much larger space.

"The Capitol Theatre expansion is really helping my own expansion," she said. "They’ve been working right along with me and been very supportive. They’ve been a tremendous help, even during these hard economic times."

The cafe at Brenda’s Natural Foods is still in the works, but Henry said she is hoping to have it open at the beginning of 2014. She said the cafe will feature, "fresh, raw foods, smoothies, a juice bar and an organic coffee bar. I may have almond milk and coconut milk as alternative additions for the coffee, as well as non-homogenized milk from Stoltzfus Farms in Vernon Center."

Stoltzfus Farms will be just one of an array of local farmers and producers featuring products at Brenda’s Natural Foods. The store, which builds its reputation on offering local goods, has just added Saratoga Natural Spring Water to its line of offerings, Henry said.

There are also local, fresh baked goods, like cookies and sweet breads, by Gluten Free Epiphany, gourmet artisan baking by Mary and Patty Kielbasinski in Canastota. And a grower in Vienna features home-grown tomatoes and other vegetables.

Customers can also find a number of natural, organic products like jams and jellies, tortilla chips, salsas, soup mixes, teas and coffees, powdered peanut butter, oils and flavorings.

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"I love New York state products, and I feature them as much as I can in my shop," Henry said.

Brenda’s Natural Foods also has an extensive supplements section, which Henry said she hopes to expand. There are also natural soaps, creams, lotions and other body care products. Then for man’s best friend, there’s organic dog treats as well as all-natural soaps and pet shampoos.

Henry has plans to add a grains bin, and is thinking of building a children’s play area to entertain kids as their parents shop. Like her old shop, Henry is also preparing her front window space for a garden.

"I hoping to still have plants growing in my window — where I could go pick lettuce in February," she said. "My husband is also helping me with hanging baskets of cucumbers."

And if customers don’t think Brenda’s doesn’t quite have it all — "I will do special orders," Henry said.

By Nicole A. Elliott Staff writer 

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