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Now Open: New Family Naturals

Lake Anne store specializes in local, vegetarian products.

Toya Tanis and her business, New Family Naturals, finally have a place to call home.

Tanis had been selling her homemade kale chips at area farmers markets, including the at for a while when she began mulling the idea of a retail shop. She asked other vendors for advice, studied business plans and operations and figured out what she would need to turn a vision into a reality.

Tanis and her husband, Engin, opened their small shop at Lake Anne Plaza last week.

The kale chips are there, of course, as are freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, locally made granolas and soaps and locally sourced eggs.

"We are building the inventory," says Toya Tanis. "People are excited."

The couple put out the word of their new business venture a few months ago when they went on a  fundraising campaign through Indiegogo.com were able to raise $2,000 in donations  - some from friends, some from total strangers, Tanis said.

The money was short of their goal of $6,000, but it still will help with startup costs, including inventory and equipment, she said.

Tanis says she became interested in the health food business due to her own search for healthy options. She wants to carry organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free specialties as well as help the local economy.

The market carries Annette's Amazing Granola (Vienna), as well as coffee roasted at Caffe Ammouri (Vienna) and herbal cosmetics made in Rockville. Tanis said she is interested in working with local vendors to carry more products.

New Family Naturals is located at 11414 Washington Plaza W at Lake Anne Plaza. It is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Visit them on Twitter (@NewFamNaturals), on Facebook (NewFamilyNaturals) or on their website.

 

 

 

Leann Yoder August 08, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We are glad you are here.. The farmers market brings a lot of foot traffic on Saturday and I think you are missing a lot of possible business by not opening until 1 on Sat. Good luck!
Engin August 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Thank you for the suggestion Leann. We are doing the Saturday Reston and Vienna Farmers Markets in the morning from 8am-12noon. We are looking for a part-time help at the present, hope to offer Saturday early hours soon.
Anna August 08, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Best kale chips ever! Plus their watermelon-orange juice is perfect refresher for hot summer weather. This is the perfect place to discover how delcious healthy foods can be! So excited to have you here!
Engin August 08, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Thank you Anna!

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