The North West Company has opened what it is calling a “first-of-its-kind wellness hub” in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
The store, called Inuulisautinut Niuvirvik, features a range of health foods, a Booster Juice, a full pharmacy and an optical centre.
Just like the services and products inside, the name is a reflection of the store’s commitment to healthy living. The name Inuulisautinut Niuvirvik, which was chosen through a community contest, means “a place to get things for a healthy mind and body.”
“Everything starts with a healthy you,” said store manager Tom Kennedy, in a release. “We worked hard to select products and develop recipes, blogs and signage to make healthy living easy.”
Inuulisautinut Niuvirvik celebrated its grand opening with a small open house on July 7, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony the next morning.
Elder Elisapi Anigmiuq offered the opening prayer, and to mark the occasion, Inuulisautinut Niuvirvik made a $5,000 donation to the Joamie Elementary School Breakfast Program.