Niles Vitamin Shoppe sells daily dose of nutrition
Kim Menes, left, manager of The Vitamin Shoppe in Niles, helps customer Joe Bellini of Des Plaines on Nov. 20. The Vitamin Shoppe is located at 8600 W. Golf Rd. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
NAME: The Vitamin Shoppe
ADDRESS: 8600 W. Golf Rd., Niles
SPECIALTY: Vitamins, supplements, herbs, and more
CONTACT: (847) 759-9805
Updated: January 28, 2013 1:57AM
NILES — Kim Menes has always been interested in the body and nutrition.
So when an opportunity came upt to become the manager at the Vitamin Shoppe in Niles, it was a natural fit.
The store, located at 8600 W. Golf Rd, is stocked with various multivitamins, individual vitamins, minerals and supplements such as antioxidants, amino acids, fish oil and more.
The Niles Vitamin Shoppe, which has been located in Niles for 10 years, also offers a variety of herbs that support the heart, the immune system, joints and more.
The store also provides homeopathic remedies for health issues such as allergies, colds and flu, stress and anxiety, women’s health issues and men’s health issues.
“I have always had a love for anything to do with the body and how it works and nutrition,” said Menes, who attended nursing school and has been a manager at the Niles Vitamin Shoppe for three years.
Menes feels a growing number of people are realizing the importance of taking multivitamins and natural products to stay healthy.
According to Menes, the shop is busy all year round, but business tends to pick up during the cold and flu season and after the first of the year when people make New Year’s resolutions to lead healthier lifestyles.
The store carries various scents of essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, orange and rosemary. Customers can also purchase personal-care products and products for children and pets at the Vitamin Shoppe.
“The essential oils are a big thing this year,” shared Menes, explaining that they are used for therapeutic massage, in saunas and in a diffuser.
Menes said customers can also stop in and grab a protein drink or protein bar and then head over to the gym to work out. The store also offers various food items, such as meal replacement bars, low-carb bars, and protein shakes.
When new customers step in the door, they are given a tour around the store. There is also a customer education section with chairs and computers so that customers can look up information about a certain product or possible interactions with other drugs and supplements.
Menes said the computers in the store are very convenient for the elderly or those without access to the Internet at their homes.
Customers are all strongly encouraged to talk with their physicians about any supplements or other products prior to taking new products, Menes said.