Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Jacob, one of our supplement department experts. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you have spoken with him! He also writes our Beerdmaster blog series. Get to know him in this week's staff profile.




Name: Jacob

Hometown

Austin, TX

How long have you lived in New York City?

Almost two years

Length of time working at Perelandra:

About a year and a half.

What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Herb Pharm Rishi Extract: "It's an adaptogen that is good for pretty much everything – in traditional Chinese medicine, it’s thought to restore your chi. It makes me feel content and healthy."

Hope Hummus Sriracha Hummus: "It's seriously the best hummus I’ve ever had and it incorporates two of my favorite things – hummus and sriracha. It’s spicy and sometimes I’ll just eat spoonfuls out of the container."

Peanut Butter & Co. Bees Knees: "It's dangerously delicious, and it’s good on a sandwich or out of the jar. My roommates have caught me just sitting and spooning right it out of the jar."

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

You get paid to learn about health, teach others about health and hang out with cool coworkers in the meantime!

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

At Perelandra I have learned, or have had reaffirmed, that patience, empathy and compassion are the most rewarding virtues to live by. Customer service can sometimes be stressful, but we’re all human and we all deserve to be healthy. I’ve learned that no matter where someone comes from, we all have similar struggles and are seeking better health. It is always worthwhile to lend a helping hand to those that seek help, or are around you. Life is hard so be kind and love everyone.

Favorite book?
My favorite piece of literature would be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

Favorite music?
One band I always come back to is Explosions In The Sky, the album the earth is not a cold dead place. They’re from my hometown.

Share some interesting facts about yourself.

I have a tattoo of one my childhood cats, Nay Nay. I also draw and write comic books in my spare time. (editors note: Jacob's comic books are AMAZING!)

Some things we love about Jacob:
"Jacob is a great guy. He is smart, creative, friendly and genuine." -James

"Jacob is dependable, a wealth of wisdom and is always an open, listening ear. He gives good advice about pretty much anything." -Keith

"He is very professional, has a great intercom voice and is a kind person." - Hannia

"He is good with words and has a great sense of wit about him." -Jim

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra


One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Anthony, a customer service generalist at Perelandra. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you are familiar with him! Get to know him in this week's staff profile.






Name: Anthony

Hometown: New York City

How long have you lived in New York City?
My whole life!

Length of time working at Perelandra:
6 months


What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Natural Factors Osteo-Move: "As a skateboarder for 15 years, it really helps keep my joints and bones in check, and it's a liquid, which is great."

Professor Nut Butter Smoothie (from our Juice Bar) "It's really filling and makes a great base for customizing!"

Ginger People Ginger-Gizer: "It actually tastes like ginger, which I love and it makes me feel good. It really does energize you, too."

Kettle Chips Honey Dijon Flavor: "You can't go wrong with that honey dijon!"

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"The family environment. I love it. The amount of product knowledge here and the trainings are great. And I like that it's an independently owned store. It's a rare find in the city."

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"I've learned how to multi-task better because there's always so much going on at once here. It really helps keep you focused."

Favorite book: 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Favorite Music/Musicians
Death metal! Nile; E:cho; Mother Ninja; Geospace Republic; MaxediaMan; Light Bringer

Some things we love about Anthony:
"He's very reliable, I can always count of him to do whatever needs to be done, and he is great with customers." -Dan

"He's incredibly friendly, one of the most friendly people at the store. He's eager to help and easy to talk to." - Maya

"He's even-keel with a delightfully detail-oriented mind, and is always pleasant."- Keith



Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Beerdmaster Review: Installment # 2



Welcome to the second installment of Beerdmaster! Beerdmaster is a Perelandra blog series exploring, appreciating, and celebrating beer, beards, and man culture. You'll find reviews of everything from natural care products and organic beer to herbal-healing wizardry - all available at Perelandra Natural Foods!

Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap 
Used by the notorious Jack Passion, three-time world bearding champion, Grandpa's Pine Tar bar soap makes for a great beard wash. Get your beard smelling like an epic pine forest while keeping it moisturized naturally. It's important to keep your beard clean and hydrated because the hidden skin underneath doesn't usually get the care it needs. Pine Tar soap combined with a beard oil (consider jojoba oil) can help eliminate issues like beard dandruff. Pine Tar soap is also great for any kind of skin irritations including eczema, insect bites, and poison ivy. Just as a heads up: in the box the odor of pine tar might be a little unappealing but I feel like the true pine smell is released once it's lathered. Maybe it's an acquired taste, but I thoroughly enjoy the smell of the pine tar soap in the shower.
 
 
 
 

Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters
These boutique herbal bitters are handcrafted in Vermont and are great for any digestive issue and general digestive health. Bitters are a good alternative to enzyme supplements. They stimulate the stomach to produce enzymes and get the digestive juices flowing. Unlike other bitters these do not contain an herbal laxative so they can be take them in confidence and without worry. Urban Moonshine even makes flavored bitters. Perelandra carries the Original, Citrus, and Maple flavors. The flavored ones are good for people who may not like taste of bitters (yes, they are quite bitter) and for people who want to mix them in cocktails or mixed drinks. Yes! You bitter believe it! Urban moonshine can be added to your own moonshine at home. They even have some recipes on their website (http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/)! Available in tinctures, bottles, and a spray.



Hope Foods Sriracha Hummus
I seriously can't get enough of this hummus. Hope foods has some of the most unique flavors of hummus on the market - and from what I hear they're just getting started. On top of that they use high quality vegan, gluten-free ingredients. The sriracha flavor is my favorite and is great with chips, on tacos, in wraps, or even salads. I won't hide the fact that I've even just spooned the hummus out of the jar. The sriracha flavor is pretty spicy so sensitive tongues beware. Bring Hope hummus to a party and you are guaranteed to win lots of party points. Hope Foods is usually sampling their hummus every Sunday at Perelandra. Try out the deliciousness for yourself! 




Crabbie's Ginger Beer
I'm pretty sure this is what the spice of life from Dune tastes like. Truly an original, refreshing ginger beer that also gets you a little buzzed. Crabbie's just worked itself into my top favorite beverages. It is a little on the sweeter side, but it will be a perfect summer drink (if the summer ever does make it's way to New York). The ginger kick is right where it needs to be too - not overwhelming or too spicy, but enough to please any ginger fan. With a little bit of ice and a slice of lemon, or even a little bit of rum for an extra boost: boom! Enjoy ginger beer, the spice of life!