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February 8, 2014
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A Health Forest opens in Windsor after 26 years of business in Durango

Offering “an eclectic adventure for your health,” A Health Forest opened in Windsor late last month.

The business, located at 1215 Main St., Unit F, specializes in dietary supplements, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies, personal care items and bodybuilding products.

Tom Slade operated the business for 32 years, including 26 years in Durango and five years in Farmington, N.M., before opening up shop in Windsor, where his daughter, Alyssa Scritchfield, will help him run the store.

“I lost some longtime employees and instead of closing the business, I decided to bring it up here,” Slade said. “I’ve got four kids, six grandkids and a 96-year-old mother up here.”

Scritchfield moved to Windsor with her husband 11 years ago. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in human nutrition and is certified as a master herbalist from the Colorado School of Botanical Studies.

Her interest in nutrition grew out of her early exposure to her dad’s business while she was growing up.

“She started working in the store when she was five years old,” Slade said. “She was working the cash register. Believe it or not she could make change at five years old.”

Starting in about a month, they will be joined in the store one day a week by Scritchfield’s brother, Dustin Slade, who is in his 16th year as a professor of oriental medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He will see clients for acupuncture and oriental medicine.

The store had its soft opening Jan. 24 and Slade said lots of customers have seen the new business and have been coming in to see what it’s all about.

“They’re glad they don’t have to drive to Greeley or Fort Collins anymore,” he said.

Slade has also been an applied kinesiology teacher for 30 years and said he’ll show anyone who comes in about the alternative medicine practice.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (970) 686-1110.

“It’s a very gratifying business,” Slade said.

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My Windsor Now Updated Feb 8, 2014 07:45PM Published Feb 15, 2014 01:31PM Copyright 2014 My Windsor Now. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.