About Us

Cornish Health Store: a history

Hello and welcome to the Cornish health store online shop, My name is Karen Da Silva and here is a short history of my ownership of this establishment.

On the 6th January 1991, at the age of 14, I began working at Country Store health foods as a Saturday girl, earning £5 a day to stock and clean shelves. My interview with the owner, Sydney Bush, took all of 5 seconds. He saw me, said yes, and the rest is history. Without my realising, that ‘yes’ from Sydney began my love of health and helping others and changed the course of my life.

In 1997, Sydney was in his 80s, and wanted to sell the business; offering it to me. As the oldest running health food shop in Cornwall, having been open since the 1970s, I knew the shop to be a longstanding part of the community. I had also spent years learning about the industry and the business from Sydney. With this knowledge I took the leap, and at the age of just 20 I took on a mortgage and bought the business.

The business continued to grow and thrive, and in 2001 we decided to open a shop in St Austell. At this time, I also began to write a weekly column for the West Briton called ‘Health Matters’, which was both a joy, and a great success.

2002 saw us expanding yet further, and taking on the lease for 5 Bond Street, Redruth. We knocked down a wall through from our existing shop to create a space entirely dedicated to organic produce, selling everything from fresh organic veggies to speciality organic products.

In 2012, that we decided to embark on a new venture, changing our organic shop into an organic coffee shop. Our aim for The Organic Coffee House, was to bring affordable organic veggie and vegan food to Redruth. This was an exciting new endeavour, and the business has gone from strength to strength.

In 2017, we celebrated a huge milestone, as staff from past and present gathered with me at The Penventon to commemorate 20 years as owner of Country Store, and toast to all the success we have been fortunate to achieve since then.

2012 was a year of big changes. We began to offer food intolerance testing, which proved to be a success. This gave us a chance to help more people on their road to a healthy lifestyle that suits them and growing my passion for health yet further.

This year will see yet more changes as we launch our new delivery company and rebrand as we become The Cornish Health Store. We never stop growing and we love to keep moving towards the next adventure, so look out and watch this space!

In 2020 to respond to the pandemic , we offered a free delivery service to keep people safe and to support those who were vulnerable. This has continued until the end of February 2022 and now the pandemic is nearing the end we offer a collection service to anyone that wishes to pre order on the phone or order online, whilst still supporting anyone convalescing or in need.
Last year we said goodbye to Kathy as she left after 19 years to move back to Wales to look after her parents, Karen Matthews so that she could concentrate on her family and cleaning business , Patrick , Iona , Maddie and Dixie, who have all gone off and spread their wings at university.
This year 2022 we have welcomed two new members to our team, Sarah Murch specialising in Menopause and Pain management and Tracey Taylor  specialising in natural healing for animals and Olivia Elliott ( loving sister to one of our previous members of staff Maddie) to our weekend team.
Cornish Health Store: our ethics
  • Promote holistic healthy lifestyles

We believe in a “whole person” approach to wellbeing including our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. We offer expert advice on all our supplement and natural remedy range to help your make an informed choice for yours and your family’s health needs.

  • Support Organic foods and supplements

We have a wide range of organic foods and supplements available as we believe an organic lifestyle is important for our health, our planet and our future generation’s ability to thrive.

  • Support local producers and suppliers

You will find in store local honey, eggs and artisan bread. If you are a local producer or supplier please contact us with samples of your products we can offer to our customer.

  • Support Fair trade and rain forest alliance

We stock a wide range of fair trade products; by doing this we are promoting better working conditions and fair trading terms around the globe. Our Café The Organic Coffee House also provides triple certified coffee. And fair trade Teas and Chocolate.

  • Looking after our customers

We are extremely lucky and grateful that we have been supported by so many loyal and caring customers over the years. We continue to increase our wide range of products and we will order any natural food or supplement that cannot be found in store.

  • Being active members of our community

We have several local charity collection tins in store and into which our 10p carrier bag charge goes.

We donate hampers and other health products to local charities and fund raisers.

We have a community notice board where you can post your event of service.

Chose Cornish Country Store?

100% Organic Foods

At Cornish Health Store, we want the best for you which is why we sell 100% organic food, and sourced locally wherever possible.

We Deliver Locally

We bring the best health food products to your door, saving you time and travel.

Fast, Online Food Shopping

You can order items online, quickly from the convenience of your home with a huge range to choose from.

Quality Guaranteed

At Cornish Health Store, we source only the best products wherever possible – all tried, tasted and tested by us first.

Our Store

Eat healthy organically grown produce

We source many products from local farmers and producers, helping to build a strong local food economy.

Shopping local helps local businesses and saves on food miles

We’re happy to help you source the foods you want and deliver them to your door.

Save up to 2 hours per week grocery shopping

Order using our spreadsheet and save yourself having to make that trip, we’ll even help you choose your order.