You may know him as
Miles”. But he is, in fact,
Mitchell—and he is now from Honest Weight.
Mitchell has been with Honest Weight for
the past 3.5 years. He came to us because
we have the best
selection of foods in the area that meet his desire for high quality,
foods. Mitchell became interested in
foods after both his grandmother and mother died of cancer. The medical professionals spoke of the
illnesses as genetically determined, Mitchell decided not to sit back
passively—there might be something he could do to protect himself,
the professionals thought. He decided
to tackle this problem with an improved diet.
In the late 1970s,
Central Avenue—near the present Social Justice Center—was a hotbed for
foods lovers. There were two or three
natural foods stores and a natural foods restaurant.
Mitchell worked in the Earthly Health
Food Store, known to its
friends and neighbors as “The Store”.
He believed that this was the right
location for such a store, but could
see the need for some improvements in the way it was being managed. When the store closed, he opened his own,
and this is where many of us first met him.
I, for one, will always remember my
favorite lunches there when I was
first exploring Albany—the delicious hummus sandwiches followed by a
chip cookie for dessert.
Mitchell calls his old
store an “old
fashioned, hard core, whole foods store”.
Retail has many rewards, says, Mitchell,
but it can also be very
stressful. After 15 years of that work,
he decided that it was time for a change.
He sold the store and took a
cross-country bicycle trip. He said it was
like once again being a kid
on summer vacation. After the trip he
moved to Virginia, where he managed another natural foods store. But he missed his friends and family, and
eventually cam back home to Albany—and soon became part of Honest
Mitchell has a wealth of
about all aspects of the natural food business and believes that
stores and cooperatives are comfortable places for him.
He enjoys the people with whom he works
at Honest Weight, and enjoys the high quality of products we supply. He would like to see the store grow and
expand so that we can have an even larger number of food choices for
who shop here. He’d like to see enough
variety so that we could attract lots of new people to our store.
In the store, Mitchell
can be found
in the health and Beauty Aids department.
He says we have an inordinate number of
items available and an excellent
selection of vitamins, supplements, herbs, cosmetics and related
supplies. While we have an excellent
can’t possibly keep everything there is in stock—so, he ways, we have a
responsibility to give our customers lots of help, filling special
them whenever the need arises.
Each day, Mitchell has a
lunch. Therefore, he especially
the mesclun we carry. He always has
lots of greens easily available at the Co-op, some of which he would
otherwise dig into. He is also a lover
of chocolate. He is glad that we have
so many healthy chocolates available, so he can indulge in this
without worry. Salad lovers, chocolate
lovers, and others will find Mitchell to be a great help to them as
the cooperative way. Stop by and say
hello to him. He’s often busy stocking
and ordering, but he does have a clear dedication to serving you, our