After many vacant years, the corner store on Fifth and St. Johns is back in business. Health and Beauty, a vitamin/natural products store from the same owners as the Fifth Avenue Market a couple blocks away, opened this morning, and it's actually quite impressive.
It's a spotless, wall-laid out space that at first glance may appear to be just another bodega, but it's anything but. An entire wall is lined with vitamins and other supplements, and care has been taken to make sure that every item for sale (except for some candy) is natural and organic, down to the shampoo and drinking straws.
Consider it a bodega for the health- and environment-conscious: All the snacks and sodas are natural, and all the non-edible items are green and eco-friendly, even the trash bads and drinking cups. There are also a few surprises, like Van Leeuwen Ice Cream alongside hard-to-find probiotic supplements.