Aqua Vita is an interesting store. What draws me is its wonderful selection of bulk herbs, spices, tinctures and extracts. These are things I usually have to order online. While getting a lovely package in the mail has its charms, so does looking at a huge jar of cut herbs that I can personally measure out. It’s that personal element. I went there with a list of almost a dozen herbs I wanted and they had all but one. The one herb they didn’t have was available in a tincture so I was able to walk out with a workable substitute for my particular use.
As far as using the store to buy other items (fresh produce, personal care supplies, etc.) I’m not interested. I can buy most of those items at other stores more convenient to where I live. Since I live between the I10 and Tangerine Road/Marana exits, Aqua Vita is not a convenient location for me. That’s fine. I really like the store so I keep a running list of what I want then make it a point to stop in if I’m in the vicinity.
The parking situation is tight and sometimes scary because of the way it’s laid out next to the traffic but the store has never been so busy that it’s been much of a problem for me.
I really like Aqua Vita for its herb selection. If you visit their website they have a page of every single herb and spice they carry. It's an excellent checklist/tool and I definitely use it.
Cons: Cramped parking