Owners Mary Graham (front left) and Debbie Jacob (front right) said their employees Angila Davis (back left) and Linda Mealer (back right) are like family.
Much has changed in the 23 years that Natural Rewards has been in business, but one thing remains constant: Mary Graham and Debbie Jacobs’ passion for holistic health.
The women opened the store on West Broadway Street in 1998, covering an area of 260 square meters. Two years later, they moved to 3704C E. Broadway St., Pearland, and continued to expand until their business became what it is today.
“We knew we had to grow to meet Pearland’s needs,” said Graham.
Graham’s interest in holistic health – or caring for the whole being of a person, including physical, mental, and spiritual needs – began in her 30s. When she was in her mid-twenties, she received several prescriptions a day for health reasons. Now she takes a prescription every now and then. Starting her business from home, she inspired Jacob to start a holistic healthcare company out of her car.
“I met Mary and it got me infected,” Jacob said.
Jacob urged Graham to open a shop, Graham said. For years the women thought about opening more locations, but decided against it.
“God staged it; we just got out of the box, ”said Jacob.
For years, Natural Rewards was the only health store in Pearland, Jacob recalls. Today the shop specializes in medicinal herbs, but also sells vitamins, homeopathies, aromatherapy, hormone preparations and specialties.
Medicinal herbs have been the store’s specialty and bestseller from the start. The herbs are used to help people manage health problems and concerns, including digestive problems, migraines, hormones, anxiety, and more, the owners said.
Natural Rewards focuses on the whole person, including mental, spiritual, and physical health, Jacob and Graham said. They’d rather lose a sale than sell people something they believe won’t work for them, Jacob said.
“We’re probably one of the few stores that tells people not to buy,” Jacob said.
Graham and Jacob keep in touch with their customers and, as Christians, pray for the customers as they become like family to the women.
“We want this to be a relationship, not a sale,” said Graham.
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