Natural Living Center

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 8 reviews )

209 Longview Dr, Bangor, Maine, USA, 04401

Organic fruits and vegetables, vitamins, and more. Also has a cafe that serves vegetarian and vegan options. Open Mon-Thu 8:30am-7:00pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am-8:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm.

8 Reviews

First Review by Tom


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20 May 2018

VERY expensive - Edit

This has a good selection but the most expensive natural foods store I have ever been in.

Pros: good selection, large

Cons: Very expensive

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07 Jan 2018

Awesome vegan selection--super helpful - Edit

This is by far the best option for all vegan shopping in town/nearby towns. Nearly everyone you talk to here is knowledgeable of products, substitutes etc. and if not they find someone to help and stay with you as long as you need. Love the wide variety of vegan options. Everything from prepared foods to fruits/veg to supplements and vitamins. I even buy my compostable tooth brushes here--favorite store in town!

Pros: Best vegan options in town, Lots of Earth-friendly sustainable products, Vegan supplements/vitamins

Cons: A little pricier but well worth it for the sake of

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09 Aug 2017

Best store in Bangor for vegan shopping - Edit

NLC has a great bulk section and carries vegan staples like non-dairy cheese, fake meats, milks, and ice cream. They also carry Little Lad's popcorn, which is the best!
Smaller selection than similar stores in larger cities, but this should be your first stop in Bangor.
Lunch counter has yummy sandwiches.

Pros: reliable source of staples , extensive bulk section

Cons: not central location

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17 Sep 2016

Nice variety - Edit

The Natural Living Center has a great variety of vegan and vegetarian foods, particularly if you are looking for packaged foods or supplements. They have field roast sausage, Daiya, great sorbet, tofurkey, supplies for vegan baking, several brands of vegan chocolate (YUM!), and more. It is also worth mentioning that they have a pretty good selection of beer. If there is something in the store that you want, and they don't happen to have it in stock, they will order it for you. The Natural Living Center makes it much easier to cook good meals, and I feel fortunate to live so close to this store in Bangor.

I only have two things that I wish they would change about the store. Their produce, although it is all organic, is usually of pretty poor quality. So when I want veggies and fruit, I almost always buy produce elsewhere. The parking lot can be a bit busy, particularly on weekends. However, none of this stops me from visiting the NLC or appreciating all that they have to offer.

Pros: Diverse selection of veg food, Good beer :)

Cons: Parking can be tricky, Produce quality isn't so hot

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21 Apr 2013

Well Stocked, Locally Owned Natural Food Store - Edit

This is my favorite store. Ever.

The people working there are friendly and they recognize us when we're there.

The bulk section is extensive and extremely affordable. They have all sorts of vegan products that I don't even expect to find there. Sometimes I'll hear about a new product and not expect to find it in Bangor and then, one day, I'll randomly come across it at the Natural Living Center. I almost always find exactly what I need when I'm there.

I simply can't say enough.

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26 Feb 2013

the mothership for affordable supplies - Edit

the best vegan supplies in the greater bangor area. great bulk section. very affordable.

Pros: large bulk section, variety, new items added regularly

Cons: proponents of local meat/dairy

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Mostly Vegetarian
18 May 2010

Great Store & cafe - Edit

Along with their groceries, don't miss their cafe. It's small but the food is delicious and healthy. Muffins are almost always vegan, they always have vegan options and don't miss their specialty lunch veggie sandwich! Fruit smoothies are delicious and they'll adapt them for you. The other day I asked for kale in my berry smoothie and they made it for me. They are very good about adding grocery items that customers ask for. Love the place!

Cons: None

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31 Oct 2008

Extensive - Edit

The NLC is one of the largest locally-owned natural food stores we've seen throughout the country. They carry 11 varieties of TVP ! Tofurky wraps are made and sold daily in the cafe, and there is always at least one vegan soup, sometimes both. Extensive selection of refrigerated and frozen veg items, Field Roast, Quorn, Tofurky, Tofutti, Sunshine burger, Amy's, Purely Decadent, etc. Large bulk section with numerous varieties of beans, rices, flours, grains, herbs, spices, dried fruits, granolas, etc. Decent ethnic grocery section, especially Asian and Indian products. As of this date at least 10 of the 20 or so staff are either vegan, vegetarian or borderline vegetarian, a pretty sizable representation.

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