Recently we sat down with Mandy Edmonson the owner\operator of City Beach Organics and her daughter Ella. Walking through the doors, City Beach Organics is unrecognizable as the Radio Shack it used to be. Fresh paint, reclaimed wood, large planters, and hanging lights have transformed the business. Remodeled by the family themselves, City Beach Organics is the result of the collaborative passion of all nine Edmondsons; with the menu being the result of more than ten years of dedication to natural diet and lifestyle.
When asked about the original inspiration for the CBO, Mandy said that they couldn’t find what they had in mind so they decided that they needed to do it themselves. With over ten years experience running Country Organics, a produce market, natural bakery, and juice bar in Redding, CA few would dispute their qualifications.
After moving to Idaho in search of a slower pace for their family, the Edmonsons opened the doors of CBO over a year ago, and have since been supplying the community with natural salads, soups, wraps, melts, smoothies, and baked goods.
“People really need pure food without compromise,” Mandy says. “It is difficult, but it is worth it.”
Friendly to those with health parameters, their menu holds options for even the strictest of diets. Vegan options abound, their bakery is gluten free, and they even make their own almond and coconut milk in-house. Unheard-of-items, like gluten and dairy free cheese cake, are available to all comers. As firm believers in local economy and growth, CBO uses as many local ingredients as possible and supports local business, like Evan Brother’s Coffee, which is also sold in-house.
The ‘Hootenany’, a community music night is another attraction. The first customer through the doors when CBO opened over a year ago, was Sandpoint’s own Fiddlin’ Red, who brought his fiddle with him and added some live music to the grand opening. Since then, he oversees the Hootenany, the first Wednesday of every month, where local musicians of all levels are invited to come and jam together.
When asked about the family side of their business Mandy told us that it draws them together in a united purpose. All are passionate about healthy living, and they dream together, planning new menu items or possibly expanding to a new branch or branches in outlying areas.
If anything is clear, it is that City Beach Organics is here to stay and they have big plans for the future.
About the Writer: Jeremiah Saint was born on the Oregon coast, but found his true home in the mountains of Idaho in a small log cabin by the river. He recently married his best friend, a poet, activist, natural health scholar and fellow writer. He is passionate about reading, and writing alike, physical training, emergency medicine, the outdoors, and Christ. As a graduate of home-school he spent hours upon hours dreaming up and writing fiction, which he will one day edit and publish, and now he hangs his shingle as a freelance writer and blogger at wanderingwritersite.wordpress.com.