Sunflower Natural Foods

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

390 S Main St (at Court St ), Laconia, New Hampshire, USA, 03246

Sunflower Natural Foods serves the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Provides natural supplements, whole foods, natural personal care products, as well as housewares and gifts.

3 Reviews

First Review by SLMK

Love This Place - Edit

Natural food store, in Laconia?! Always had positive experiences at Sunflower. Staff is always very helpful with questions, and very knowledgeable. It's a bit pricey, but it is a natural food store so that is to be expected. It is small, but if you ask the staff they might be able to order what you are looking for. We have done this a couple of times with items we couldn't find anywhere else. Plus vegan marshmallows! Enough said!

Pros: Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff, Location, great for the town, Vegan Marshmallows

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Nice to have around - Edit

Sunflower Natural Foods is right near downtown Laconia, in a great location. It is a small store, and probably the only one like it in Laconia. I like the option to buy produce, frozen goods, and get a book/gift from the giftshop area in the back. Have stopped in quite a few times. Staff was VERY helpful. The signs all over the store warning you not to steal, not to take testers, are a bit much. However, I have never had an issue with the staff. The selection is small, but it's the only store like it in the area and is worth going to if you are in town.

Pros: Helpful friendly staff, Gift shop, Great for Laconia

Cons: Limited selection, A tad expensive

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Sadly, the attitude negates any value - Edit

I've been a customer of Sunflower Natural Foods for a number of years, and felt good about supporting this local business. I am a member of the Co-op in Concord, but have always come to Sunflower first.

That changed today. One of the employees (though you'd think she owned the place) was so rude to my 17-year-old daughter this afternoon that I was flabbergasted. We were looking at shampoos, and when my daughter flipped the cap to smell it (a reasonable thing to do), she barked, "Don't do that! Now that product is compromised and we can't sell it! If it doesn't say 'tester,' don't touch it!" She then got down off her ladder, strode over to where we were still looking at products--stepped in front of us without even saying "excuse me"--and snapped the bottle off the shelf. She then loudly announced to the woman working in the back of the store that she was placing a product that had been "compromised by a customer" on the counter up front.

Needless to say, my daughter was mortified. Now don't misunderstand: I can appreciate the need to keep product in an "uncompromised" state. However, my daughter is NOT the type to squeeze bottles, break seals, or apply product that is not labelled "tester;" in fact, she is the most respectful teenager I know (and I SHOULD know--I teach high school). And since respectful teenagers are a rare commodity these days, I am angered to think that this woman treated my daughter in this manner. Her manner, in fact, was positively ELITIST, and being within the confines of a natural food store does not give anyone the right to act that way (though there's plenty of it around).

This is a tough economy, and good, consistent customers are hard to come by. This former customer of Sunflower Natural Foods will be taking her (significant) business to Concord in the future. To be honest, the selection is better anyway.

Pros: Location (for me)

Cons: Elitist attitude, Limited selection

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Sunflower NH 29 Nov 2012 - Hi, SLMK!

I am so sorry to hear of this negative experience you had at our store. It seems you may have caught an employee on a bad day, and I apologize for the embarrassment your daughter and yourself may have suffered. Thank you for all of your visits in the past and I do hope that you decide to give us a second chance in the future. I've forwarded your story to our owner so we are aware of the situation. You and your experience are valued!

Be well,
The Sunflower Family  

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