A new O’Brien’s healthfood store will be officially opened at Lanesboro Street, Roscommon, on Saturday afternoon next, across the road from the well-known O’Brien’s chemist. The new store will be officially opened by local TD Michael Finneran at 3 pm on Friday October 19th. A number of promotions will be on-going throughout the day. Health advisors will be available in store, customers will be able to avail of free samples, and there will be finger food and wine, as well as lots of special offers and a raffle to mark the official opening. For over ten years now, O’Brien’s has been associated with the healthfood business in Roscommon, and staff have built up a wealth of knowledge on the subject over the course of that decade. Demand for healthfoods continues to increase as people become more conscious of the beneficial properties of healthfood, supplements, natural body treatments and homeopathic remedies. As a result, O’Brien’s healthfood store, which adjoined O’Brien’s chemist, is now moving to a new more spacious premises across the road at Lanesboro Street. A huge range of health foods will be available at the new store, including juices and smoothies, fresh sandwiches, organic whole foods and a new range of vegan and vegetarian foods. Holistic skin care and body care is a huge aspect of the new range at O’Brien’s healthfood store, including the Dr. Hauschka skin care range, a favourite of Madonna. The store also stocks the Dead Sea Magic and Trilogy ranges of products. In terms of aromatherapy, the Tisserand range of body products and aromatherapy oils and massage oils is sure to prove popular with customers. Bach Flower Remedies, Nelson and Weleda are among the top names in the range of homeopathic remedies. The new healthfood store is owned by local pharmacist Charlie O’Brien, who has been in business in Roscommon for over 20 years. During those years, Charlie noticed the growing interest in healthfood and healthfood products and that prompted him to open the healthfood store adjoining the chemist ten years ago. The business continued to grow, attracting interest from customers all over the county and beyond and the success has now led to the opening of the greatly expanded store just across the road. Among the more popular healthfood ranges available at O’Brien’s healthfood store is the A Vogel range, formerly known as Bioforce. The A Vogel range is promoted by a world-leader in complementary healthcare for over 40 years, Jan de Vries. Born in Holland in 1937, Jan de Vries, graduated in the field of pharmacy before meeting the famous Swiss naturopath Dr. Alfred Vogel who introduced him to complementary medicine. Impressed with what he was hearing, Jan left the pharmacy industry to study first homeopathy, and later osteopathy, naturopathy and acupuncture. In 1960, Jan de Vries and Dr Alfred Vogel started the very first naturopathic clinic in Holland. Apart from the A Vogel products, O’Brien’s also stock many books by Jan de Vries. Readers will remember that Jan de Vries was in Roscommon a number of years ago when he addressed guests at a very well attended event in the Abbey Hotel. The new store also stocks Solgar vitamins and minerals, Quest and Higher Nature products. Many readers will be familiar with Dr. Gillian McKeith, author of ‘You are what you eat’ and O’Brien’s new healthfood store stocks her range of products and books as well as juices, whole foods and supplements. Indeed, there’s something for everyone at O’Brien’s, for example, organic handbags and towels, as well as allergy bedding such as duvets, pillows and mattresses, very popular for people with asthma and dust allergies. Alternatively, boost your energy levels and lift your spirits with light therapy. At O’Brien’s you can try the Lite Pod, which is an effective treatment of winter blues (SAD). You can also breathe the difference with the Good Spheres revitaliser, a unique air cleaning process which harnesses the purification properties of water and allies this with the anti-bacterial qualities of essential oils to literally wash the air clean. Mairead Moore is the Manager of the new healthfood store and she is a familiar face to many, having worked in O’Brien’s for the past nine years. During those years, Mairead and the team at O’Brien’s have built up a close relationship with their many clients and are always available for advice. Drop in to O’Brien’s for the official opening on Friday and view the great range of products on offer. All are welcome. For more information on O’Brien’s new healthfood store, contact (090) 66 34174. Una Keigher, ITEC, is the skin and body beauty therapist at O’Brien’s healthfood store. Treatments available in the therapy rooms include holistic body massage, back, shoulder and neck massage, aromatherapy body massage, holistic skin care facials, Trilogy skin care botanicals and Dead Sea spa magic. Food intolerance and allergy testing with Pat Boyd is now available at the consultancy room in O’Brien’s healthfood store.