Jeff Konchalski Owner, Natures Temptations
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. Then lived in South Salem, New York for many years. I now live in Ridgefield and have been in town for just over four years.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I got into the industry because I was very sick from birth through my adolescent years and was searching for healthy avenues to strengthen my body. I helped myself through eating clean, healthy, organic foods, and taking lots of supplements. The balance I was able to obtain for myself lead me to want to help others.
Natures Temptation is such a great store that encompasses a healthy lifestyle…how long have you been open and what was the vision behind the brand?
Nature’s Temptations has been around for 30 years. Originally opened in Cross River, New York and then later expanded to Ridgefield, Connecticut with a second location. In 2008 we consolidated both the Ridgefield and Cross River stores into one store and expanded our offerings by moving into the space we occupy today on 32 Prospect Street.
My vision was to create a space to nourish the mind, body and spirit. From healthy foods and supplements as well as, and more importantly, being an educational resource for the community.
What is your best advice for getting your body & mind ready for spring thru food & nutrition?
I feel people need to spend more time outside, eat seasonal produce and incorporate more greens and plant-based meals into their diets. I can’t stress enough the importance of hydrating your body by drinking large amounts of water. I start my day off by drinking 32 ounces of water before I get out of bed. Hydration is key to balancing your body.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Ridgefield is a close-knit community that really has come to understand the importance of why small businesses matter and the importance of shopping locally with the small independent businesses. We have found there is a great need within the community for finding healthy alternatives to creating balance both nutritionally and emotionally. We are here listen to your health goals and challenges and help you choose a personalized approach for your optimal health. Nature’s Temptations become an invaluable wellness resource with our in-house naturopathic physician, holistic health counselor, executive chef and my 30+ years of industry experience.