"I was lucky, but I could have been on the street." After she took over the local vitamin shop, business "took off immediately," she said. Walker remembers the days when she had $50,000 of inventory and no price tags on her shelves — and she rang up sales on an old-fashioned cash register with push keys. 41 N., across from Fujiyamas, is as cheery as its name, with bright yellow decor and shopping baskets. On yellow wicker chairs, there are throw pillows saying, "You are my sunshine." The store's first location was on Trade Center Way, in an industrial district west of Airport-Pulling Road and north of Pine Ridge Road in North Naples. She closed the other one five years ago after she couldn't reach an agreement with her landlord on a new lease.
Inventory lines the shelves of Sunshine Discount Vitamins along U.S. (Photo: Luke Franke/Naples Daily News) Sunshine is known most for its service and for carrying what its customers want, Walker said. "Basically, the store is customer-driven," Walker said. "We don't just carry things." Although Walker pays the same price for her store's vitamins that competitors do — and maybe more because she doesn't have the buying power of a big business — Walker charges up to 60 percent less on name-brand products, trimming her profits. As she shopped at the store last week, Gloria Martinez, who lives in East Naples, said the drive to get to Sunshine is more than worth it. "Some of the things we can find elsewhere, but they would be pricey," she said of her family. "Some we couldn't find anywhere else." Among the products she buys at the store are vitamins E and C and a MegaFood multivitamin for women 40 and older. Sunshine carries thousands of vitamins and supplements. Some of the top sellers are turmeric, popular for customers with arthritis or other inflammation, and a natural youth formula for cell repair and regeneration. The store rarely has returns, but Walker usually takes them.
"I can't be really generous with returns," Walker said. "I'm trying to be as good as I can." The store offers free shipping on orders over $100 in most states and for "Saturday customers." A year ago, the store stopped opening Saturdays. For customers, Walker is like a walking encyclopedia about vitamins. They ask whether they should refrigerate liquid minerals, and they ask the difference between brands. Sometimes they ask her for cures or treatments for their ailments, and that's where she draws a line. "I say, 'You've got to remember I'm not a doctor,' " she said. People are leading you down that path." Although she has her favorite brands, Walker said it's good to switch the products you're taking. "You get used to it." With customers, she has had few problems, with only one bad check written in 20 years, Walker said. She had no major problems with employees either until this year, when a bookkeeper embezzled about $140,000 from her and vanished, Walker said. As a result, she took out a loan and took on a roommate to pay the money back to the bank. That has pushed her vision for retirement out even further. "We're still here." It takes half a dozen employees to run the store, and most of them work part-time. Her employees help her keep up with the times, promoting the business through social media and updating her website. "The business is exactly the same as it has always been," Walker said. "The tools we're dealing with are just different." Gone are the binders filled with information she put together on popular vitamins. The shelves that carried them are virtually empty now, with the facts at her fingertips on the internet. Charlotte Hartman, of East Naples, has worked for Walker for more than a decade and has done just about every job at the store, except bookkeeping. She said it's customer satisfaction that brings people back. "Everybody has to work together, and that is basically what we've always tried to have — unity in the store." After being in business for so long, Walker does very little paid advertising. Her business continues to grow mostly through word of mouth. "We're still here, and people are still coming through the door," she said. Don't you?" If she ever retires, Walker said, her vision includes playing more golf and traveling more often.
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