Spring Health Foods to change owners, name

Sarah Bourke will be taking over the operation of Spring Health Foods this summer.

Sarah Bourke (left) and Spring Hawes (right) in the produce section of Spring Health Foods in Invermere. Bourke will become the new operator of the store over the course of the next few months.

Sarah Bourke (left) and Spring Hawes (right) in the produce section of Spring Health Foods in Invermere. Bourke will become the new operator of the store over the course of the next few months.

Spring Health Foods has been through many names since it was first established in the 1970s.  Mountain High Natural Foods, the Good Nature Store, and Mustard Seed Health Foods have been some names of the store in the past.

Now a name-change may be underway again as the store’s ownership switches to Sarah Bourke. Spring Hawes, who has operated Spring Heath Foods for over 12 years, is thrilled to be passing the torch to Bourke. This transition will also be carrying on a tradition of a woman operating the store, which will eventually be re-named Circle Health Foods.

Bourke, who has been working as a massage therapist for over 10 years, as well as working at Spring Health Foods, has always been involved with healthy lifestyles.

“I’ve always had an interest in what makes people healthy, I’ve just had a wide interest in health,” said Bourke. “When I would work part-time at the store, I got to see people from all walks of life with different health needs.”

The ownership transition will take place slowly over the next few months, with Bourke in full-operation of the store sometime this summer. “Once the summer rolls around, there will be a few changes,” said Bourke. “We’re going to bring back juices, smoothies, and organic teas. Until then, it’s business as usual.” Hawes, meanwhile, is excited to announce that she will be pursuing a degree after the torch has been passed to Bourke. She is still undecided on what sort of degree to go for, though. “I’m excited,” said Hawes of Bourke’s operating the store. “I’m very pleased. I can’t wait to see what new and exciting changes Sarah will bring, and I know she will do a fantastic job.”

“I think it’s a great privilege for a small town like ours to have this sort of store,” said Bourke.

 

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