Although Forest Park Southeast – in particular, The Grove – is known for indulgent food and drink options, Golden Grocer focuses on the health and wellness of its customers, offering holistic products, nutritious foods and herbal remedies in the St. Louis neighborhood.

Jamila Owens-Todd – who owns the shop with her husband, Jermain Todd – doesn’t have a background in retail, but she’s no stranger to the bevy of Golden Grocer’s natural products; she’s been a practicing naturopathic doctor for 13 years, during which time she’s developed close relationships with small and local vendors. Plus, she frequented the shop in its previous location before she bought it in January 2020.

In addition to its stock of fresh produce, bulk herbs and spices, natural supplements and more, the store’s new location boasts a café area that sells ready-to-eat vegan meals from Adina’s Vegan Cuisine and vitamin-packed drinks from Soular Smoothie & Juice Bar. “What we’re trying to do is offer some healing and support,” says Owens-Todd. It’s one thing to want to improve your well-being, but it’s another to have a community that validates your endeavor.

Golden Grocer, 4501 Chouteau Ave., Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.367.0405, goldengrocerstl.com