Natur-Tyme, Syracuse, NY

Owner: Wendy Meyerson

Address: 3160 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY

Phone: 315-488-6300

Website: http://www.natur-tyme.com

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

It’s the day before Valentine’s Day and you still haven’t bought a gift yet, so you run off to…. Natur-Tyme? Yes! Natur-Tyme is not just for vitamins and health food. There is so much to love about Natur-Tyme, and they carry a great selection of gifts throughout the year. In fact, I have regularly purchased Christmas and Hanukkah gifts there for years because their gift selection varies from year to year, and holiday to holiday. And, they have a customer loyalty card that allows you to accumulate rewards. If you become a regular customer, remember to come in on the 10th of the month to get an additional 10% off of your purchase. In addition, they send loyal customers a “thank you” gift card every year to say thanks for their business, so the more you spend there, the more you will ultimately save.

If you are looking for a quick, last-minute gift that someone will be excited about, here are some suggestions below:

CANDY. If you want to buy chocolates or other candy for your Valentine, there are many choices at Natur-Tyme, quite a few of which are Valentine-themed. And the great thing is they contain natural ingredients and are high quality, so you know they will taste good and be a little healthier than some other options. All of the food dyes are natural, not synthetic.

SALON GIFT CARDS. The Enhanced Beauty Salon at Natur-Tyme offers hair styling, massage, facials, waxing and makeovers (with packages available). They use natural products and have highly talented staff. I have my hair done there and people are usually surprised when I tell them the price. It’s very reasonable, and they do a fantastic job. I have also had a chair massage at one point, which was only 10 minutes long, but it felt longer because it was a genuinely good massage.

CAFE GIFT CARDS. The cafe is 100% gluten free and has tons of healthy and delicious options. It’s also quick, so it’s a great place to grab lunch during the work day. Smoothies and gelato are available for a treat, so a gift card there would be a fun gift.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS. I love the selection of beauty products available, including Natur-Tyme’s own line of products. Massage oil, essential oils, natural soaps, hair care and other pampering products would be great, and they have items for men and women. If you’re not sure what to buy, ask the sales person for help – they have always given me great advice and will help point you to the right product. They regularly have sales as well, so ask them if the item you’re interested in will be going on sale any time soon.

FOOD. There are lots of choices, so what might make a nice gift? There are a number of locally made food products, including olive oil from Olive, maple syrup, and Better Brittle. Or choose from their selection of teas and coffees.

If you’re already a customer of Natur-Tyme, then none of this was new to you. However, I regularly talk to people who are surprised when I tell them about the variety of products available at Natur-Tyme. They also have a great educational program that offers discussion and information to the community on health-related issues. The highlight of this is their Spring Into Health event at the New York State Fairgrounds, which will be held this year on Sunday, April 7th. If you haven’t visited Natur-Tyme since they moved to their new location, it’s absolutely worth checking it out.

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