Saturday morning, I attended the soft opening of a new local joint promoting healthy eating.
Sylvie Thibert, aka “The Health Nut” is not new to Cornwall. Over the last few years, you might have seen her at one of the various farmers market of the region, may have tasted some of her goodies while visiting a trade show or perhaps even have attended one of her cooking seminars. If you’re a Seeker Reader, her face and logo will definitely be familiar to you as she is one of our regular columnists.
The full time specialized educator started her little business after she, herself, lost 55 pounds using Ideal Protein Products. She picked up a passion for healthy living and healthy eating. She has made the switch to clean, natural, organic eating and wants to share what she has learned with others, feeding them and educating them.
Her store reflects her passion. While there, I witnessed a constant flow of clients coming in and out of the fresh new store. Many of them came bearing gifts, as they have made a deeper connection with the owner. Sylvie has quite the following and she truly gets what business is all about. Business is not about the items you sell; business is about people.
And a true people person she is. Welcoming, inviting, she interacts with every single one of them and even knows them all by their first name. From old to young! “Oh good! You have brownies!” said Spencer, who is only 7 and really enjoys Sylvie’s treats.
Looking at the variety and abundance of items available for sell, I couldn’t help but ask Sylvie how she does it all. “I find time wherever I can. It’s all about being organized”, she replied. “I do a little bit here and there, but having my space will make everything so much easier. I won’t have to carry everything to and from the commercial kitchen. I’ll be able to do everything here after work and freeze everything right away. I can host my cooking seminars here too! And be able to open rain or shine, all year round. It was the next logical step”
Pricing is more than reasonable considering that everything is made from scratch with fresh organic ingredients. I purchased a Love Berry Crumble for $4 (serves about 4) and two Quinoa Energy Bars for $3. You could taste the love in both.
Tables and chairs are available for those who would like to eat in and have a coffee, or better yet, a “Green tea for charity”. Being highly community orientated, Sylvie will donate all proceeds from the sale of green tea to a different charitable organization every month. This month’s proceeds will go to Baldwin House.
THE HEALTH NUT is located at 812 Pitt Street, Unit 40 and is opened Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.