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McCall health shop purchased by new owners

A longtime health food store in McCall is getting a makeover from the new owners.

After owning Huckleberry Garden Health Food Store for 25 years, Karin Didesse listed the shop for sale. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity for husband and wife duo Will and Meghan Minshall. Both wanted to invest in the community and Meghan is a frequent customer.

“It’s a place that I came to pretty often for the things that I couldn’t get anywhere else unless I was searching online desperately,” she said. “And so obviously when the opportunity arose, we were like, okay, this is something that you can relate to and that we want to be a part of it. It’s a huge community resource here.“

Meghan said when she used to visit the shop it seemed quiet. But since taking over, the store is bustling with customers, many of whom are regulars.

“So anytime that I’d come in, there was never more than maybe one, or two other people in there, if anybody at all. And so it’s been really cool because it’s very busy,” Meghan said. “We have a really amazing local customer base, and like so many people that we know, and that we’ve known, for Will’s whole life, and since I’ve been here for 10 years, shop here. So it’s been really cool because we didn’t even realize until we were in the process of buying it what a community gem it is.”

Goals

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The Minshall’s turned to the community to see how the store could be improved. Most people agreed that the building could use some sprucing up.

“We are reorganizing, painting, probably putting in light fixtures, just kind of brightening it up,” she said. “We just brought in a whole bunch of plants. And we plan to do some resale plants and bulking up the inventory as of right now. And then in the next couple of months, hopefully by Winter Carnival we are bringing in beer and wine and we’ll be selling organic low sugar wines and specialty wines and microbrews like local beers.”

Their long-term plans include converting one room to a teahouse to serve Boba, organic teas, wine, beer, and more.

Huckleberry Garden Health Food Store sits at 903 1st St.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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