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Page 26 | Abby's Magazine - Abby's death is a big loss to the community. She created a hub for anyone seeking the nutri onal light, with everything you could want in a health food store: more free magazines chock full of informa on than anywhere, the best and healthiest cafe in town, free seminars/lectures, free consulta ons, a heart-led and knowledgeable staff, free samples always out, new exci ng products being demoed all the me to try, constant staff trainings, a farm with no pes cides on the land for my kid to run around at, and the employee benefits are some of the best around and its very own informa ve publica on. Having worked at three other health food stores prior, I came to work at Abby's for a number of reasons, some of the above perquisites were among them. One of the main reasons, however, was Abby. Her mo o "Be er health through ABBY'S LEGACY, CHARACTER & FUTURE educa on"(and she actually lived it – these weren't just empty words) was a beacon for me to dock where I really belonged. I had the rare and special chance to work directly with Abby on a few projects and in the vitamin department where I got to pick up on some of her tricks of the trade. She gave me a nice, unexpected gi once also, which was very though ul and generous. But most importantly, Abby did it all and created the best place to come to work to – a place filled with educa on and love. She was a force of nature and a big force in the community to have lost. But where there is death, there is always rebirth. A community is made of people. It's all about the people. And, though Abby is gone, she acquired the right people to carry on her legacy and I for one am thankful to be a part of that legacy and in these peoples' lives moving forward. We all have a li le bit of Abby in us and Abby had a li le bit of us in her, otherwise, we wouldn't even know each other, as souls of a feather flock together. It is the Abby that binds us, that taught us, that makes us all a li le be er. Abby once told me that she couldn't have kids, but that her 50 some odd employees were all her children. I'll do my best to be a good kid, make sure I work more than I talk, as she would have wanted, and keep my nutri on knowledge sharpened. It's easy to do with all the resources, culture, vibe, and perfec on, that is Abby's Health and Nutri on. Thank you Abby. You did it all. By Collin Chi, Abby's Health & Nutrition CLICK: BROWSE OUR NEW WEBSITE! Providing the largest variety of organic and Non-GMO foods and supplements in Tampa

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