Health shop inspired by owner’s story by The Shelby Star 4/10/14
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 08:10 AM.
About a year ago, the doctor told Leroy White that he was “fat and dying.”
Instead of getting mad, the new owner of the Healing Connection Wellness Center, 323 S. Washington St., Shelby,decided it was time for a change.
He visited the Healing Connection Wellness Center, owned by Gerene Butterfield at the time, and changed his diet and began drinking smoothies. Six months later, he had dropped 40 pounds and was helping other people become healthy.
Butterfield introduced White to Kangen Water, an Alkaline Ionized Water touted for its health benefits, and educated him on healthy living. When Butterfield left, she turned the store over to White.
New store offers superfood and vitamins
Since taking over, White has added the Healing Health and Wellness Superfood and Vitamin Shop and started a church in the building.
He kept the Healing Connection Wellness Center name, since it had been around for so long. The business offers health evaluations and promotes healthy lifestyles through different wellness techniques, he said.
The store offers healthy items at a lower price and carries soap, oils and beauty products, health supplements and organic, gluten-free products and more. One of the brands the store carries is Hallelujah Acres.
White said he keeps the prices low, because he wants to help people become healthy.
“I enjoy hearing peoples’ testimonies,” White said. “Hearing how they are off medication and living with a clean bill of health.”
White also added classes once a month to teach people about making smoothies, juicing, gardening and skin detox. He plans to add more classes on fitness training and a masseuse.
Aunita Clark is a house minister at the center, who also worked under Butterfield’s management. She teaches a class and said the classes fill up quickly. They recently moved the classes to a different room to accommodate more people.
Helping people live better
White is a native of Richmond, Va. He’s married to Rosalind White and they have a 16-year-old daughter, Ashley.
He said his goal is not to get rich, but to help people live better. He operates the store by the scripture: 3 John 1:2 – “ Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
The church, Whole in the Wall Empowerment and Training Center, has services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays in the upstairs section of the building.
“Our purpose is to train leaders,” White said. “We are non-traditional and non-denominational.”
Future plans for the Healing Connection Wellness Center are to add more teaching classes and a small café offering nutritional soups and salads.
Want more information?
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
The fee for attending classes varies from free to $10
Visit Healing Health and Wellness Superfood and Vitamin Shop on Facebook for information on classes.