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Herbal remedies, healthy food options offered in new Ogdensburg store

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OGDENSBURG — A health food store offering a wide array of organic food and herbal remedies has opened its doors in Ogdensburg.

Owner Bing W. Thomas opened Nature’s Way, 1116 Champlain St., to share his knowledge with customers. The store has another location at 122 Harte Haven Plaza, Massena. That store originally opened on East Orvis Street in February 1997.

The 3,000-square-foot store features a range of health food and natural products, including a 7-foot-by-25-foot-long spice and herb wall.

“It’s at least one quarter less expensive and three times as fresh than what you would find in the box stores,” Mr. Thomas said. “There’s no comparison.”

The store boasts organic cosmetics, shampoos and clean soaps. “Our deodorants are clear of aluminums,” he said. “We have a wide-range of essential oils. We have the biggest selection and freezer full of gluten-free products. We offer specialty food for diabetics and weight loss. We have a very large selection of vitamins, minerals, herbals and fish oils. We have a little bit of everything.”

Laura Pearson, director of the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce, said the store is a unique addition to Ogdensburg. “I am very excited that we are having a natural food store in town,” she said.

Mr. Thomas also is hoping to attract Canadian customers traveling across the Ogdensburg-Prescott Bridge to shop in Ogdensburg. He said at least one-third of his customers that frequent his store in Massena are Canadian. “There is nothing like my store there, even in Ottawa,” he said. “Healthy food and products are more expensive across the border. If I can get a small section of that market, that would make my store very successful.”

Mr. Thomas said his main goal is to offer healthy food alternatives and medicines. He said he has more than 20 years of experience in recommending herbal remedies to treat common ailments.

“Your body is designed to heal itself,” he said. “When it doesn’t, it just doesn’t have enough tools. We offer some very simple remedies. Dried corn silk has helped with bedwetting for over 2,000 years. Two cups a day makes it disappear. We use a hibiscus flower to make a citrus-tasting tea. Four cups a day will help bring blood pressure down by 10 points.”

The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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