By Janee Law
When walking into the 1,000 square-foot Organically Yours grocery store and deli in Northport, discover an organic market and deli offering wraps, juices, smoothies and more.
“My goal is to try to get people to eat as healthy as they can and to change, slowly, to organic,” owner Alison Howie, of Northport, said. “I try to bring awareness even if it’s just with a few things that they change or that they can learn.”
With a total of 23 seats, spread across indoor and outdoor, customers can also grab a quick bite to eat before or after shopping. Located at 114 Main St. in Northport Village, everything within the deli is made from scratch on premise.
The deli offers ginger and wheatgrass shots; decadent wraps, including veggie hummus, wild salmon and tofu and veggies; delicious juices, which are 100-percent organic and triple-soaked in apple cider vinegar; and mouthwatering smoothies, like the Rockin’ Warrior, Dawn Patrol or Pina Kale-ada.
“It feels like home because it’s the way I eat so it’s just very comfortable, working with likeminded people,” Howie said. “I really enjoy my staff and I love that I’m in such a nice town near the water. It’s a beautiful town, Northport.”
Now, Howie said, the acai bowls ($10.99) are the seasonal trend. They’re topped with granola, shredded coconut and fresh raspberries.
It doesn’t end there, the store is also supplied with a multitude of organic groceries from beauty products, like soaps, deodorant and hair coloring; supplements, vitamins, and medicine; raw fruits and vegetables; and more.
Organically Yours also sells coffee beans, cleaning products, and organic teethers for babies.
Opening up in 1998, Howie marketed the store with organic products because she grew up going to organic food stores.
“It still surprises me how much people don’t realize what’s in their food,” Howie said. “My goal is to grow and expand our deli more and get more seating and just make as many people aware as we can.”
When it comes to finding what’s new in the organic market, Howie said she’s always bringing in new products through research and taste testing.
What makes this store significant, Howie said, are the unique selection of products, the personal customer service and her high standards on everything that comes into the store.
She added, “If it’s not the best quality, we don’t keep it. They [customers] will get the highest quality product from a local store that cares about them and the merchandise they’re selling.”
With that, customers consistently go to the store looking for tips, Howie said.
“We offer advice and information, we have people come in asking for our opinions and advice,” she said. “They want to know and we’re here to help them.”