10 years! Originally we were in the old DVC store for 7 years but have been Mrs. Watson’s for 3 years now.
How did the idea of Mrs. Watson’s first come about?
Mrs. Watson’s was always the concept store that Mike and Margo wanted but like all small businesses it took a long time to get there! The original Mrs Watson is Margo’s grandmother and was the first person in her life to teach her about healthy food. The store was always going to be named after her – Jean Watson. She lived until she was 96 and was a beautiful, loving and healthy human being. Wheatgerm was her staple breakfast (full of vitamin E) but if she was alive today she might have swapped that for a more Paleo inspired breakfast!
You seem to have a diverse range of products and brands from all around the world, how do you source your products?
We spend hours sourcing new products, we travel to the USA once a year to see what the new trends are, and we get a great deal of pleasure in making sure our store is full of interesting, healthy products for our customers. For example, we just received our first delivery of Organic Coconut ‘Wraps’ direct from the USA and we are the 1st in Australia to have these.
How many staff members make Mrs. Watson’s the successful business it is?
We have 9 staff plus Mike and Margo. That number includes our Managers – Samantha and Rachelle (who is also a Naturopath), our other Naturopath – Izzac and our other lovely staff members– Kelly, Holly, Nadia and Eadie and, of course, the loveable Justin who is our Organic Fruit and Vege guru!
My favourite product line is the Thistle So Good Pea & Mint Risotto, which one of your products is most likely to find its way to your home?
Ahhhh…..now we know why that is selling so well!
We basically shop 100% in the store but at the moment we are really enjoying our range of ‘Ozganics Sauces’ – Organic and Gluten Free – really easy to make a quick nutritious meal with some organic chicken, vegetables and kelp noodles after a long day. Finish that off with some Coyo Coconut yoghurt for dessert – dairy free and yummo!
Do customers ask you to stock certain items?
Yes, we really value receiving feedback and one of the best products we have were originally recommended by our customers.
What do you love most about your job?
We love doing what we do – simple as that. We love customers getting excited over our new products, we love seeing people starting on a health regime and feeling so much better, and we love getting to know our customers – lots of them make us laugh all the time!
What is your favourite place in Cronulla?
We enjoy taking a mini break, having a coffee from our favourite cafe’s (we have lots!), sitting on a bench at Cronulla Park overlooking the beach and just chatting and relaxing (and coming up with new ideas of course!)
Finish this sentence – I Love Cronulla because….
It has a buzz that is like being on holidays every day!