When Kelly McCarthy joined The Corn Crib Natural Foods in 2006 as a summer job during her university years, she had no idea that her passion for health and helping people would turn into owning the growing enterprise only a few years later. “I had been vegan for years at that point and was studying gerontology and psychology courses, with the long term plan of becoming a  nurse. The Corn Crib was the only place in Moncton I could get vegan products at the time, so I knew it well.”

Within a few months, Kelly knew she had found her calling. A short time later, she became the store manager and the former owner approached her to take over the business when she was ready to retire.

Before Kelly took over ownership of Corn Crib Natural Foods, she began work on solidifying its future. She spearheaded the opening of the Saint John uptown location in September of 2012 and renovated and doubled the size of the Moncton store in April 2013 — before taking over ownership in November 2013.

With the help of staff, The Corn Crib has also tripled its product offerings, bringing in more fresh, frozen, bulk, and prepared foods — many from local suppliers.

Since taking over ownership, Kelly was approached by the owner of Bien être Gallie Wellness in Dieppe to carry supplements for her health and wellness centre and in May of 2016, the Dieppe location of Corn Crib Natural Foods was opened.

In 2015, Kelly was graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and was granted the title Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN). “I felt it was important for our customers that I had solid nutritional background. I also encourage our staff who have demonstrated their passion for holistic living to work their way through the certification as well.”

Kelly is most proud of how Corn Crib Natural Foods, which was incorporated in 1975, has raised the awareness of holistic health and cooking naturally with whole foods and organics. “The Corn Crib is continually evolving and developing its products as new discoveries and trends develop. We want to continue to be the place people come to when they need help with their health — and want to do it naturally. We are a passionate bunch who truly care about the wellness of our customers.”