Ask the Health Food and Supplement Specialists – Old Fashion Foods
written by: Rachele Odnokon
The Story of us: From humble roots as a door-to-door milk delivery company, to their leading position today as Regina’s most trusted and well known health foods & specialty products store, Old Fashion Foods has always been dedicated to keeping the community healthy and well nourished. Founded in 1964 as the Best-O-Milk Company by Rene Bilodeau and his wife Marilyn Good, the family business soon partnered with the local Dad’s Cookie factory in east Regina, distributing bottles of milk & boxes of cookies to delighted Regina residents’ doors. Business was booming, with more and more grocery items being added over time, until they decided to open a retail outlet. Partnering with Good’s mother, Jackie Hoag, and family friend Ron Schroeder, they officially opened their first store on February 16, 1965 and OLD FASHION FOODS was born.
How we grew over the years: As the years passed, the grocery store began to evolve, with a growing interest in vitamins, health & nutritional supplements starting to blossom. The customer base was rapidly increasing, as the store’s reputation for top quality products and friendly customer service passed by word of mouth throughout Regina. As a result, more stores were added, and the business expanded to open up locations outside the city and even the province, with franchises in Manitoba and Alberta. Currently there are five stores in Regina, one in Weyburn and three franchises for a total of nine stores in 50 years.
Still a Family business after 50 years: Eventually the family business was passed down from the original owners on to the next
generation. Sunny Coles, daughter of Bilodeau and Good, along with Kari Waldbauer, daughter of Schroeder, took over the business in 2005. Since they were children, Coles and Waldbauer have been working in their parents store and the pair continue to own and operate six stores in Regina and Weyburn today.
50th Anniversary Celebration plans: On June 13, 2015 all Regina and Weyburn locations will have a 50th Anniversary Sale-a-bration. All stores open at 8:30 a.m. so get there early as the first 50 adults at each location will receive a re-usable gift bag filled with samples, information and coupons and random bags will have gift certificates valued from $5.00 up to $100.00. The 50th Anniversary Special for the day is: Pick any 2 products, Get 20% OFF regular price. There will be reps. in attendance at all the stores demoing product & answering questions. Be sure to ‘Enter to Win’ $2,500.00 worth of NOW Gift
Certificates in different denominations, a Temple
Gardens Mineral Spa overnight stay with meals courtesy NOW Foods, an Okanagan trip for 2* courtesy Natural Factors (*see store for details), six Fit Bits(one at each store) courtesy Natural Factors, 4 Bikes, 1 ‘Body Break’ Mini Trampoline, Gift Baskets & more.
50 Years of Giving back: In the spirit of ‘giving back to the community’ there will be a BBQ at all Regina &Weyburn stores from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last)
- 501 Victoria Ave.– Gr. 6 & 7 educational class trip
- 3976 Albert St. – Baby Quinn Heart Surgeries,
- 4123 Rochdale Blvd. – Grade 12 educational class
trip to Europe
- 2425 Quance St. E. – Bright Eyes Dog Rescue,
- 447 Albert St. – Regina Cat Rescue and
- 405 Souris Ave., Weyburn, Family Place Charity.
Old Fashion Foods is donating all the food and drink for the BBQ’s and all money raised goes directly to the fundraisers.