Staff of Life

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

1266 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, California, USA, 95062

Natural foods market with deli, bakery, and juice bar inside. Wide selection of natural products and food, including nutritional supplements, vitamins, vegetarian and vegan foods, bulk staples, and more. Specializes in vegan baked goods. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

8 Reviews

First Review by Ayoma

Great local store! - Edit

This is a go-to for me. Not too highly priced, usually sales going on especially with produce. They have a variety of hot and cold bar options, sushi, juice/smoothies and coffee. There's a great selection of produce, packaged goods and bulk. Along with things such as lotions, hair care products, vitamins, toothpaste and anything else you can think of. I go here very often and would recommend going if you're visiting or live in the area. Overall a well rounded store.

Pros: Great selection, Organic options, Local

Cons: Parking lot is usually full and/or busy, Brown rice in hot bar is normally a bit crunchy

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The Only Grocery Store I Find Myself Missing - Edit

Never have I been in a grocery store with so many vegan options as Staff of Life in Santa Cruz. The amazing people that work there are incredibly helpful, kind, and attentive. They have been instrumental in my transition from omnivore to vegan. While some items may be cost prohibitive, I find that there are many good deals to be found, not to mention the fact that their produce is of excellent quality and much more affordable than the other local chain grocery stores. The hot food section of their store always has delicious foods for both vegans and omnivores. I was so pleased with the fact that every section of the store had items that were plant-based alternatives to common products, like Worcestershire sauce or dairy free cheese for example.

Staff of Life has found a place in my home, I intend to keep coming back for as long as they're in business.

Pros: Largest variety of vegan foods in S.C., Delicious assortment of hot vegan dishes, Exceptionally good service

Cons: So popular that it can get crowded, Can be on the pricey end for some items

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I love the Staff of Life market! - Edit

This is my very favorite grocery store. They have a great variety of organic, healthy products and prices are more affordable than New Leaf or Whole Foods. Best produce section in Santa Cruz, as far as proportion of organics and reasonable prices, in my opinion.

Pros: affordable, great variety, lots of organics

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All things Veg! - Edit

I am a 1000% Health Food store stalker and try to visit any near where I have business meetings. Santa Cruz is a planet of it's self and 'Staff of Life' definitely has to be one of the board members of that planet. Anything and everything you need or never thought about is within this store. Top knotch produce, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, spelt, raw food, nutritional products, soaps, a hot food counter, salad bar, sandwich deli .... oh lawd don't let me go on

I shopped and shopped. On the way out decided to order a wheatgrass shot as not sure where can get those around San Jose..... awe the memories:) And saw a rather popular singer ... After a meeting near the beach, lunch at a hip vegan place and shopping at SOL, I was a damn happy camper:)

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great vegan desserts!! - Edit

There are tons of freshly-made vegan (and gluten-free) options from the bakery. From mini vegan doughnuts and muffins to fruit turnovers and whole pies/cakes.. They've really got it all! Be sure to check the baked foods case as well as the display case with cakes and chocolates. Everything is labeled with "suitable for vegans" and "gluten-free".

Pros: vegan desserts, tofu options, local tofu

Cons: smells like meat sometimes

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Excellent selection for Veg/ans. - Edit

This is by far my favorite health food store ever. Not only is the selection for vegans better than anywhere else I've been(based on ratio of product)the pricing is also very competetive.
Let's start with the deli section. Because this deli really is a vegans dream. In the cold case you can get a dozen or more fresh baked vegan goodies like 4 different kinds of chocolate truffles, and a collossal vegan cupcake mousse dish. Then, the hot food deli has specials like brown rice and cashew gravy for $3 a serving. Or, try the hot food table($8.99 per lb.)with choices that range from vegan sweet and sour chicken, to vegan terryaki kabobs, to vegan barbecue ribs. And that's just a sampling. Near the deli you'll also find all the dairy, with a huge selection of cheeses, and the largest selection of mock meats I've ever seen. Probably 30 choices of tofus, tempehs, seitans, soysage,veggieburgers,bacons,cold cuts,ethnic flavors,hot dogs, you name it. Not to be outdone, a good selection of veg/an butters, cheeses and spreads, plus a dozen or so vegan milks.
Produce section is nearly all organic, and well priced, with a nice selection of fruits, and usually a half dozen choices for edible mushrooms and sprouts, plus choices for raisins, figs, ginger, garlic, several potatos and more.
Household items runs the gamut of veg/an choices from laundry soap to toothpaste to cleaning supplies(all found in the second building across the parking lot).
Also nice beer and wine selection including many organic and vegan labeled. - And finally, the most amazing bulk section you may ever find. Beyond all the normal beans, grains, cereals, spices, and treats, Staff of Life also carries about a half dozen vegan bulk dehydrated meat alternatives like TVP(textured vegetable protein)in strips and nuggets, soy nuggets, and soy powder(for farmers tofu). There is also a great selection of dried bulk bean mixes(just add H2O)like a hummus mix,black bean chilli mix,split pea soup mix, and a couple of nutritional yeasts. On top of all taht, you can get your Braggs,Soy Sauce, Honey,Agave and Rice syrups,coffee and many other items bulk. Also, press your own organic and fresh nutbutters(almond or peanut). Friendly staff and clean bathroom, entire store very wheelchair accessible.
This store does have a meat section, and in one corner of the store it is hard to miss the smell and sight.
Also, this store is currently expanding and will be moving across the street in the first 6 months of 2011.

Pros: Great selection., Good pricing., Great bulk and deli sections.

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Great place - Edit

This is my favorite grocery store here in Santa Cruz. They have everything a vegan cook needs with delicious produce and a great bakery/deli with plenty of vegan options.

Right now the store's a bit cramped, but they should be moving across the street soon to a much larger building.

Pros: Healthy, Organic

Cons: Small

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Great Local Market - Edit

Lots of good fresh organic produce, wonderful service, many wonderful products beautifully displayed, convenient location, good management and staff. It is always fun to shop at Staff of Life.

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