Originally Published in the Saratogian: December 18, 2011. Click here to read online.

IN THE BIZ

By SUZANNA LOURIE

 

There’s a new business in town for the health-conscious consumers of Saratoga Springs.

This January, Greenfield resident Tina Bakkalapulo will open For Earth’s Sake, a new natural foods store and eco-friendly boutique at 120 West Ave. next to the Fortunate Cup café.

With signs in place and products in stock, Bakkalapulo is ready to open, but unfortunately building construction has forced her to delay the unveiling of For Earth’s Sake until after the holidays.

“It’s disappointing,” Bakkalapulo said. “I have some really cool gifts I hoped to offer for the holidays, but I’m okay with it. We’ll be open soon.”

Bakkalapulo won’t let the last-minute frustrations interfere with the excitement of opening her dream business, a family-owned natural foods shop designed as an extension of the owner’s healthy habits.
“Health food is my passion. It’s how I live — very organic and natural,” Bakkalapulo said. “I imagined a store I would want to shop at — somewhere you could walk in, grab dinner, buy a pair of awesome earrings and grab my skincare products and supplements all at the same time.”

For Earth’s Sake will reflect that one-stop shopping philosophy with a variety of products, including local meats and dairy, eco-friendly gifts and all-natural cosmetics — such a range of goods that Bakkalapulo never expected to carry them all when she first planned the store.

“I was just going to do a health foods store with vitamins, supplements and natural foods, but then I started getting into the cosmetic end of it,” she said. “I gravitated toward how important it is to use natural cosmetics and skincare, and from there it just sort of morphed into something bigger.”

The shop will carry brands of all-natural skincare and cosmetics such as CLEAN cosmetics by Mineral Fusion — with no products more than $29 — and a line for teens called Good For You Girls.

“The cosmetics look just like mainstream makeup — it’s all beautiful stuff without the harsh chemicals,” Bakkalapulo said.

 

As the mother of two girls, Bakkalapulo is an advocate against the “cancer-causing agents” often found in drugstore beauty products. She will carry nail polish, perfume and lip gloss, with at least two lines geared toward young girls ages 11 and older, at For Earth’s Sake.

Like its cosmetics, all For Earth’s Sake products stay true to the store’s name by treading gently on the environment, including many boutique items that give back with each purchase.

“I started thinking if I was going to sell any retail items I want to be sure they are sustainable and recycled, so I started looking into those kinds of gifts,” Bakkalapulo said. “We carry Sprout watches, which are made out of corn resin and are the coolest-looking watches. They look like Rolexes, but everything is made from wood and every time you buy one, they plant a tree.”

Although other eco-friendly products such as recycled purses and handmade jewelry will also be available, For Earth’s Sake is a health foods store at heart.

In addition to vitamins and supplements, there will be bulk foods, organic groceries, natural frozen foods and gluten-free products, in addition to as many locally sourced items, including meat and dairy products, as Bakkalapulo can manage.

“I’ll offer as much as I can from our local farmers,” she said. “I’m a huge supporter of our local farms and the hard work they do.”

Since moving to the area three years ago, Bakkalapulo has grown to love the land and community around the city and feels confident it is the perfect home for a business like For Earth’s Sake.

“There are a lot of people in Saratoga who are health conscious and concerned about the earth and who recycle,” she said. “I think it’s going to go really well.”

For more information, call 306-6655 or go to ForEarthsSake.com.

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