Nature's Pantry

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

2331 Commercial Blvd, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, 16801

Natural foods market offering selections in gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free alternatives for those with allergies as well as the usual groceries, vitamins, herbs, books, coffees & teas, pet products, refrigerated foods, locally grown produce. Special orders taken. New location since spring 2010. Open Tue 9:00am-7:00pm, Wed 9:00am-6:00pm, Thu 9:00am-7:00pm, Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm. Closed Sun.

8 Reviews

First Review by Pollkat

vegan friendly - Edit

Discount for using cash on whole sale items. Got field roast burgers for $1 and lightlife burgers at $1

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The best natural food/bulk food shop in State College - Edit

Nature’s Pantry is a gem among the rough. With a solid 40 item of bulk grains, nuts, seeds, chocolates, beans, etc. and lots of dried fruits, baking products, snacks, freezer items, kombuchas, cheeses (vegan and local), homemade energy bites, and much much more, they do a great job of stocking your shelves at home with whole food goodness.

They even have pet supplies, cleaning supplies, and kitchenware too!

They have an impressive cosmetics area too; lots of supplements and healthy and beauty products too. Certainly a section I haven’t explored yet, but for those who know their stuff.

Staff is always super friendly and accommodating. Sometimes only one or two people working at a time, so be patient.

Pricing is going to be higher than Wegman’s in some areas, but cheaper in the bulk food area and the baking foods. They do have a discount section too for “expired” products”

The community around this store is awesome. Wish they could have a bigger store, maybe work alongside a co-op to have fresh produce in the store in the future. They always carry local eggs and onions, and sometimes some specialty items during certain seasons. But overall I come for the bulk products as my base of grains and nuts and legumes for my farmers market veggies.

Pros: Great selection, Very friendly staff, Bulk grains/nuts/seeds/chocolates

Cons: Could always be bigger :)

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My Favorite Store - Edit

This is where I go for the things I can't find anywhere else; such as NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream, my favorite vegan cream cheese, cruelty free products, and other vegan treats that even Wegman's doesn't carry. The staff is friendly and helpful, and willing to answer any questions you might have.

Pros: something is always on sale, new products appear frequently, they have the best vegan ice cream in the area

Cons: sometimes pricey, but it's worth it

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Unique in SC - Edit

Great place with wide variety. Not the cheapest of course, but discounts if you pay with cash and if you spend over $50 or $100.

Pros: Unique items, Friendly

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New Location - Edit

I notice that the most recent review of Nature's Pantry is close to 2 1/2 years old. Since that time, they have relocated to a much larger location with a parking lot that is significantly easier/ more safe to pull into/ out of.

The same owner but a different and larger staff. Many are very knowledgeable and friendly but I miss Morgan whose humor was always welcome.

Since the move to this location off of Commercial Blvd. (late March 2010), they have taken on more products and organic produce from different (not necessarily local) sources, added in workshops and more meat products in their now vast frozen and refrigerated sections.

The bulk food area in the back is nice but we aware that the prepackaged and similar items' prices may be different and have no sell by/ expiration date. Save your receipt if you want an easy return/exchange of any rancid food item.

Items that are out of stock and requested or special orders can take weeks even with regular and active suppliers that Nature's Pantry stocks.

Occasionally they will have outdated produce or other items marked for quick sale. This can be a huge bargain but be aware of the quality and sell by dates upon purchasing.

They have added to their cleaning and pet care products since the move. New and different items can sometimes be sampled in the back of the store but don't be surprised to see employees or their children eating them (and some of the self serve bulk items) as regular snacks.

Nature's Pantry brings a lot to the State College area and I am glad for them. I am not enjoying how much more difficult it is to enjoy my shopping experience with sausage samples unavoidable at the new and fancy cashier station, vendors insisting that fish oil is vegetarian or Thanksgiving with bagged but bloody turkey carcasses crammed into EVERY available refrigerator until they are picked up.

Be aware and sign up on their email list of FaceBook page to know when special discounts are being offered (Customer Appreciation Day is 20% off!) and the steep prices can be wisely tempered.

Pros: great selection, open aisles

Cons: more meat than ever, pricey

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Great Store - Edit

For being a small place, Nature's Pantry has a lot of stuff. There are several items that they carry and Wegman's does not, and the people who work their are very friendly. It is expensive though, so I just go there to stock up from time to time.

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Good selection, high prices - Edit

Nature's Pantry has a good selection of vegan, healthy and foreign packaged foods, including egg replacers and vitamins and cruelty-free cosmetics and soaps. It also has a good selection of eco-friendly cleaning products. Their prices are high, though.

Pros: Selection

Cons: Expensive

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Excellent - Edit

Nature's Pantry is a great health food store. Though on the smaller scale, it carries a wide variety of products, both shelf & perishable items. If you are looking for something they don't carry, they will gladly check to see if they can get it in for you.

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