Organico Vitamins has been serving a growing south Naperville community with natural and organic vitamins and supplements from their 2960 Artesian Road location since opening Sept. 15.
“We carry all the premium brands,” explains owner Ahmad Khan, who started his career in the fashion industry and advanced to a buying director for Saks 5th Avenue, which took him around the world.
Khan started looking into alternative medication when his own allergies became too much to handle, relying on frequent doctor visits to get through the seasons.
“I’d start losing my hair if I didn’t get my shots. I looked into it (vitamins) and found a fascinating industry, a great industry,” Khan remembers.
Organico Vitamins carries premium brands such as Megafood, Nature’s Plus, Bluebonnet and Nordic Naturals, among many others. Khan prefers brands that have in-house research facilities, as he believes this provides more quality control.
“All vitamins are not created equal,” Khan says. “Vitamin E for example. If it says dl-alpha-tocopherol, it’s mostly synthetic, a petroleum bi-product. You want the d-alpha-tocopherol, without the L. That’s natural,” Khan says.
Many vitamins on today’s shelves have fillers and dyes that can be tough on the stomach, especially for children, Khan says.
“I’m not a nutritionist. I don’t have a medical degree. But I’ve been in this business for so long, it’s my passion,” Khan explains. “And I know a good product sells.”
Khan battled his own mold allergies with grapefruit seed extract, and when asked which supplements every household should carry, he says: “For how we live nowadays, with everything pasteurized and that box called microwave killing all enzymes off, I would say digestive enzymes are very important. Then fish oil. And then a probiotic.”
When in doubt, Khan consults Dr. Phyllis Balch’s encyclopedia “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” also sold in the store.
Ann Taylor re-opens
Mid-October saw the popular Ann Taylor clothing store reopen at 103 S. Washington St. after closing its Jefferson Avenue location because of lease issues earlier this year.
“This space is temporary, but it is huge, and we are able to display so much more of our collection than before,” says store manager Christine Parrilli, who has been with Ann Taylor for four years, hinting at a prime downtown location due to open next year.
Ann Taylor is changing to a more boutique-like shopping experience with concept stores.
“We are elevating the store,” says Parrilli about adding an ambience of warmth and chic to the store with chandeliers and sofas.
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“This fall season is about black, camel, and soft and pretty purples,” predicts Parrilli, also looking to hire stylists and part-time managers.
On the move
Dunham Counseling will move Oct. 28 from 236 Washington St. to a bigger and more modern office at 1516 Legacy Circle, just off Diehl Road and west of Freedom Drive.
A team of seven therapists provides counseling services to families, adolescence, children, couples, groups and individuals with various needs.
“Each therapist has a specialization, and we cover a wide range,” says owner Jeff Larson, whose specialization is in settling family disputes of a business nature, bringing with him a strong business background.
“We do a lot of marriage counseling,” he adds.
Dunham Counseling originally opened in St. Charles in 2006, and in 2008, acquired the Naperville location, formerly known as Isenberg & Associates.
“I saw an opportunity for more space. It is more modern. We are still close to downtown Naperville and have convenient access to the business community off Diehl Road,” says Larson, who sees clients primarily at his St. Charles locations and occasionally in Naperville.
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