The Gentle Rain

 

CLOSED   
Saturday July 1st
Happy Canada Day!!

 

 

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday – Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

 

30 Rebecca Street
Stratford, Ontario  
519 271 0388

   
The Gentle Rain

About Us

Eric and Marsha EberhardtEric and Marsha Eberhardt helped establish The Gentle Rain in 1979. The business grew quickly and moved to a larger space at 30 Rebecca Street in 1989. A few renovations and additions later, we are still growing. This year we celebrate 36 years in business!!!

In July 2010, Eric passed away. He will always be remembered by customers and staff for all of his accomplishments with the store and in the community.

In July 2014, Marsha made the decision to retire, selling the store to Brendan Davidson.

 

Meet the Staff

 

BRENDAN, OWNER
In July 2014, Brendan Davidson purchased the Gentle Rain from Marsha. Brendan grew up in his mothers health food store in Guelph (Stone Store) and acquired Green Valley Health & Herbs in Elmira ON in 2005.

We happily support local farms and businesses and promote environmentally friendly products and utilities.

 


 

ADRIENNE - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

ADRIENNE is in the produce & supplement departments. You will also find her smiling face throughout the store.


ALICIA - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

ALICIA is off on maternity! She is proud to announce she has had a beautiful baby girl!


ANITA - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

ANITA has been passionate about Health & Nutrition for over 35 years. Around here, she is known as the 'Bread Lady', ordering our bread as well as books (and a few other bits). Anita helps out in the supplement room and is very knowledgable to help customers when they are dealing with food restrictions.


BARB - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

BARB is one of our grocery purchasers, receiver and organizer of the produce when it arrives too. Having a passion for the health industry, Barb continues to gain knowledge to educate herself about natural products. 


BECCA - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

BECCA is one of our students that you will find stocking in all areas of the store. She is awesome at customer service and is a joy to be around.


BECKY - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

BECKY has been with us for over twenty years. She takes care of bagging up our products for the bulk department.


CATHERINE - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

CATHERINE is one of the supplement room purchasers. She has worked for a number of years at the Stone Store in Guelph and brings with her a wealth of information to share.


DEBI - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

DEBI is our main grocery purchaser. Looking for something you don't see on the shelves (grocery area)? Get a message to Debi and she will do what she can to find it for you.


DONNA - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

DONNA is part of the supplement room team. We welcome her positive attitude and beautiful smile.


DORI - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

DORI is part of the supplement room team - and helps out wherever she is needed. Her personality is a calming addition to our staff.


FRANNY - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

FRANNY enjoys working at the GR bagging our spices & herbs.


HEATHER - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

HEATHER is our awesome bulk purchaser and loves to keep the bulk area well organized. She is great at lugging all the heavy bins back to keep them filled for you. She is our go-to artist for the beautiful informative signs you'll find in the store.


JAN - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

JAN has had many years of experience in all areas of the store. She is our Accounts Payable and is the purchaser for the herbs & spices.


LAILA - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

LAILA is enjoying some cash shifts and filling in where needed.


LIZ - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

LIZ has many years experience in the food industry. She is our Grocery Manager, keeping everything in order in the grocery department.


MICHELLE - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

MICHELLE has been employed at the Gentle Rain since 1996. She was interviewed by Eric in the parking lot for a cashier position. Long term health nut and environmental enthusiast, Michelle has transitioned from cashier to General Manager along with day to day management of the store and ensuring high levels of customer service. Michelle is currently working towards her Bookkeeper Designation.


NANCY - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

NANCY is a Certified Raw Nutritionist (CRN) and QSCA LOA Life Coach. She is also the author of ‘The Choice is YOURS,’ a book on raising your vibration through nutrition and energy techniques. Nancy is the store’s advertising go-to person; takes care of the website, facebook page, & twitter; and is also one of our purchasers for the store and passionate about sharing knowledge with others. If you want to check out her personal webpage, check out www.telfercoaching.com


NOEL - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

NOEL is the manager and purchaser of our produce area. He monitors the quality of the fresh food that is ordered to make sure we have the best we can for our customers. In his spare time, he is a jewelry designer. Some of his amazing necklaces are sold in the store.


SARA - The Gentle Rain - Stratford Health Food Store  

SARA is the Supplement Manager and has been with the store for over 15 years. She is our resident supplement nerd and is constantly reading and taking trainings to keep up to date with new products as well as new research.