Courtesy The Bison

The Natural Food store is a headquarters for healthy and holistic options in Searcy, Arkansas, providing both the local and Harding communities with education, products and services. They offer goods and services to aid with illness or to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The store sells specialty foods that chain stores offer, but in a mom and pop environment. The store provides food for dairy free, whole 30, keto or vegetarian diets. Healthy supplements and clean self-care products are also available.The store attempts to provide options for Searcy residents that are good for their bodies and the earth.

“My heart behind it is connecting people with what they need to be healthy, to live healthy, to improve their health — and for people and the community,” Natural Food Store co-owner Eric McMullen said.

The store brings together other businesses with similar missions, creating a one-stop-shop for health in the middle of town. “Stores within the store” include olive oil and vinegar, massage treatments, health coaches, consultations, and more. They also partner with Five Acre Farms, a local organic farm.

McMullen and his team strive to provide quality service for every customer, including offering special order products.

“If we don’t carry it, we don’t just say, ‘No, we don’t have it,’” McMullen said. “We offer to order it without charging extra.”

The Natural Food Store is also home to a local coffee scene: Rise & Grind Coffee Co, which is a community oriented coffee shop with two locations off of Main Street. A 10% discount is available to students when purchasing their coffee.

“A favorite of mine is our cold brew,” Lisa Douglas, Rise & Grind owner, said. “We make the cold brew ourselves, and we run the Guatemalan — that’s my favorite.”

Follow the Natural Food on Instagram @thenaturalfoodstore and Rise & Grind on Instagram @randgcoffeeco for more discounts and specials.

Sponsored by The Natural Food Store and Rise & Grind Coffee Co.