Our friendly, knowledgeable staff prides itself in providing the finest service possible to our customers. We would like to introduce them to you:
Buster Beaton (Owner)
Buster Beaton and his late wife, Judy, began Nassau Health Foods in a tiny store front on South 8th Street over 25 years ago. Educated as a school teacher and coach, Buster still views the store as an extension of the classroom. Customers can come learn how to take responsibility for their own health while he encourages from the sidelines. Since Nassau Health Foods’ humble 600 sq. ft. building, Buster has continued to focus on his customers’ well-being. His passion for natural foods and concern for the health of his community is what got Buster going and it’s what keeps Nassau Health Foods growing today.
Kim Beaton (Office/Business Manager)
While her responsibilities are mostly behind the scenes, Kim Beaton performs an integral role at Nassau Health Foods as our Office/Business Manager. Kim hails from Lake City and her real estate background gives her a keen understanding of the importance of efficiency and customer service to our business. When Kim’s not running our back office she enjoys sharing her time with family and friends, shelling at the beach, and traveling with her husband Buster.
Paul James (Assistant Store Manager)
Born in Iowa, and raised in his family’s grocery business, Paul James has lived in Florida long enough to feel like a native. Paul’s journey to healthy living began in 2008 when he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Through diet and lifestyle changes Paul lost 130 pounds and no longer needs diabetic medications. He has become a passionate cyclist and has logged 10,000 miles over the last 2.5 years. With over 35 years in the grocery and produce business Paul is well equipped to oversee these departments.
David Murray (Associate)
The natural food bug hit David early. At age 18, he and a couple of friends read Paul Bragg’s, The Miracle of Fasting and launched into a “back to earth” lifestyle. But after 10 years of strict meal planning it was time to move on and David ended up as a claims manager for an insurance company. That experience solidified his belief in the natural foods lifestyle and his “back to earth” roots. In his spare time David enjoys reading, hiking, and painting.
Denise is a Maryland native and mother of 4 whose interest in natural foods dates back to her college days where she studied psychology. Since college, she has reset General Nutrition Center stores, taught sales techniques, and sharpened her customer service skills with a 10 year stint working for the Ritz Carlton. Denise’s outside interests include music, reading, and puppetry arts. In 1996, her marionettes decorated the Christmas tree in the White House Blue Room.
Born in Colorado and raised in California, Shannon got sand in her shoes about seven years ago and relocated permanently to Amelia Island. A longtime customer, Shannon decided that since Nassau Health Foods was such a fun place to shop then it must also be a fun place to work – a decision we’re glad she made. In her spare time Shannon enjoys teaching yoga, volunteering at our local Boys and Girls Club, and organic gardening.
Betsy Harris (Associate)
Native Floridian, Betsy Harris is the newest addition to our NHF staff. Betsy has been a vegetarian for over ten years, and it’s her passion for cooking and preparing fresh organic foods that first interested her in working at Nassau Health Foods. When asked about her motivation for working here, Betsy replied that “it’s important to me to work in an industry that reflects my core values.” Not surprisingly like our customers Betsy’s favorite department at NHF is the produce department. In her spare time Betsy is an avid gardener and surfer and shares her home with son Jonah and dog Frankie.
Chris Taylor (POS Manager)
Chris originally hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and has been an area resident about 3 years. Married with 3 children, Chris enjoys spending time at the beach with his family. Chris is a self taught computer whiz cutting his teeth on the old Commodore 64′s back in the 80′s. When not working his day job Chris remains behind the scenes maintaining our POS system and website.