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Better Living Market welcomed to Ruston

January 28, 2016

 

 

 Adam Coughran and Sydney Thompson buy supplies from local market–Photo by Jonathan Shaul

Adam Coughran and Sydney Thompson buy supplies from local market–Photo by Jonathan Shaul

 

“We are here to better people’s lives; making money is our secondary goal”

 

KERRY WAGUESPACK

Staff Reporter | kfw005@latech.edu 

 

If you are someone who likes to shop at grocery stores that sell natural fruits and vegetables, and  supplemental vitamins to go along with a healthy lifestyle, look no further than Better Living Market.

 

Better Living Market is located on the corner of North Monroe Street and West Alabama Avenue.

 

Casey Hawkland, manager, is a Louisiana Tech alumnus who helped open the store in November 2015.

 

“Some people think the store may be intimidating to walk into, but as soon as people do, it is a step in the right direction for their life,” Hawkland said.

 

He said most of the people who work at the store also attend Tech, so the store tries to use the resource of the school being so close to everyone’s advantage.

 

Making money is the main objective when opening a business, but not the only one for this store.

The Better Living Market on North Monroe Street opened in November of 2015–Photo by Jonathan Shaul

The Better Living Market on North Monroe Street opened in November of 2015–Photo by Jonathan Shaul

 

“We are here to better people’s lives; making money is our secondary goal,” Hawkland said.

 

Brittney Gamble, a  junior finance major, works at the store and said she likes that she can help to improve the lives of others when they come into the store.

 

“I feel this is a great opportunity for me as a young person,” Gamble said. “I can learn how to take care of my body as well as helping others to know how to better their lives going forward.”

 

Gamble said ever since the store opened, there has been a constant flow of people through the door, but after the first of the year there has been a wider variety of people coming to the shop.

 

“January has been our busiest month so far,” Hawkland said. “A lot people have been trying to seek out our help to make changes in their diets, also looking for supplements to help with their exercising,”

 

Adam Coughran, a sophomore biology major, likes to shop at the store often because he has recently changed his eating habits to become more healthy.

 

“I used to be overweight, and ever since changing my eating habits and exercising routine, this is the type of store I like to do my grocery shopping” Coughran said.

 

The younger generation of people starting college are the ones who are actively seeking out  help when they come into the store, Hawkland said.

 

“The millennials are having a healthier mind-set at a younger age, which is what makes what we’re doing easier,” he said.

 

When people come to the store,  Hawland said, they sometimes need help with the exact products they want, but generally they know what types of products they are looking for.

 

“We are a very health conscious business, every product that we sell in the store will better your life in some way,” Hawkland said.

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