It's no secret -- especially for native Floridians -- that Delray Beach has changed dramatically in the past few years. What was once a small-town downtown strip full of mom-and-pop shops and a few quaint dining options has become a trendy, hip destination with dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars.
However, as downtown Delray Beach continues to grow, those same shops, restaurants, and bars that once existed during its less-glitzy days are now giving way to vibrant new concepts and high-end names.
Among them: The Nutrition Cottage, one of South Florida's oldest family-owned and -operated natural health food stores. Formerly located off Atlantic Avenue in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, the store has permanently moved to its 25-year-old Boynton Beach location as a result of too much growth.
The decision to move the Delray Beach store's juice and smoothie bar -- a popular lunch destination for many in the area -- was the result of rising costs associated with operating a business in the city's growing downtown area, according to owner Marc Stowe.
The Nutrition Cottage opened in Delray Beach in 1976. The Boynton Beach store, which opened 25 years ago, was a second location. Today, you can find all the same products and services at the larger Boynton store, including supplements, vitamins, nutritional counseling services, organic health and beauty products, books, and natural household products. There is also a licensed nutritionist on-site who provides private counseling by appointment, as well as a section offering prepared foods and a juice bar.
The Nutrition Cottage is located at 1815 S. Federal Highway in Boynton Beach, where it has been operating since January with expanded hours. On weekdays, visit the store from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 or 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends. Call 561-734-4626, or visit nutritioncottage.com.
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