I took a circuitous route to get to Eats. I started working at grandma’s tobacco farm in NC and worked in HS as short order cook. Then I attended RPU & VPI. I am an electrical engineer by training and worked for VA Electric & Power Co. as a field engineer. They wanted me to transfer to the Surry Nuclear Plant which I had some blueprints work on and decided to move back to Blacksburg and work for several electrical contractors and became a veggie in the process – lots of ribbing from fellow workers. I shopped at the original Eats and when it was either going to close or be sold, I helped buy it and keep it open. After several years, I had a bad accident and could no longer do heavy lifting so I started working more at Eats and as business grew, it became a full-time job.
Good food has always been a priority for me. When I quit teaching in the late ’70′s to move to Chicago and become a “starving artist,” I discovered the Bread Shop. This small natural food store and bakery was just around the corner. One thing I resolved – I could do without a lot but not good food. I bought bulk foods and cooked at home. I love cooking!
Thirty years later I’m living in the mountains of Virginia, became a vegetarian, met and married Stan Davis, retired my sewing business and now work at eats.
It’s a pleasure to work with our family of employees, serve our loyal customers and share my joy of good food.
Teresa McCartney has worked at Eats Natural Foods for 11 years and has gained community fame for her talkative, helpful personality. She can normally be found behind the cheese counter making recommendations and encouraging customers to sample. She is also infamous for her unusual and fashionable outfits, acts of rebellion originating from when she was forced to wear lederhosen as a small child. You may know her as the cheese lady; much of the community engages in ‘cheese lady spotting,’ an activity akin to a real life Where’s Waldo game. When she isn’t working, Teresa enjoys swimming, shopping at thrift stores and seeing films at the Lyric. But she is married with a teenage daughter so don’t get any ideas.
I moved to Blacksburg in 2005 for graduate school, when I started working at Eats two weeks after moving to town. After I finished school, I loved my job and Blacksburg, so I decided to stick around and make this my home. I order some of most things.
I’ve been at Eats since 2007. Amongst other things, I order books for the store.
Monica (produce, supplements):
Long story…short. Many moons ago I met organic produce and fell in love… Love to eat organic produce. Love to cook organic produce. Love to eat and cook organic produce with organic friends. Living happily as “Eats” produce buyer! Loving that its organic and local as much as possible… You’ll find me in the produce section!
Candra (grocery, personal care): Candra was born and raised in Georgia, and received a BA in Art History from Berry College in Rome, GA. She then decided to put her degree to good use living and traveling in Italy for a year and then back to the states to start working on organic farms around the country. After tasting the freedom of travel and the salt of farm work, she decided she could never be confined to the indoors, except for the 3 days a week she works at Eats. The rest of her time is spent living life and creating a homestead with her husband in Eggleston, VA.
Maureen (bulk spices, teas, medicinal herbs, misc.): Maureen (Mo) McGonagle was born and raised in Arlington, VA. Eager to escape her suburban roots, Maureen left for college at 18, and headed for the beautiful mountains of South West Virginia to pursue her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech. During college Maureen had the opportunity to study abroad in the Indian Himalayas, and the Italian part of Switzerland before graduating in Spring 2011 with a degree in Humanities, Science and the Environment. Since graduation Maureen has been working at Eats, working part-time for a local farm, and pursuing a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program.
Kim has been living in and around Blacksburg for eight years. After studying biology at Tech she has been apprenticing on small organic farms and working at Eats. She feels so lucky to get to be part of the Eats crew and loves getting to know customers. This Spring she began working part time for the WIC program at the Floyd County Health Dept. managing a garden for low income mothers. No matter where she works Kim is excited about helping people to eat healthy.
Adrianne is a native of northeast Ohio who has happily settled into southwest Virginia. Past work includes farming, Montessori teacher, and childcare, as well as another natural foods cooperative. Outside of Eats she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, dancing, knitting, and cooking.
Heather was hired by Eats while she was attending Blacksburg High School. Since then she has had the great fortune to come and go from the area, always finding refuge at Eats when she returns. Heather graduated from Hollins University in 2011 and currently has two cats, although one is pretty feral. She is also a part of the non-profit organization the Pocket Project, to which Eats has had been tremendously supportive.
I was born in Floyd County but have grown up in Blacksburg. I am passionate about the environment, yoga, art, music, gardening and helping others. In college I studied Liberal Arts and American Sign Language. In 2011 I received certification to teach with 220 hours in Ashtanga Yoga. I hope to travel many places in my life and share my passions with the world.
John Roberts, your Eats Bulk Foods Manager (not to be confused with John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States, or anchor for CBS News) is a relative newcomer to Blacksburg, having lived everywhere from California to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he graduated from Lynchburg College in 2007 with a degree in English. Quick with a quip and always willing to lend a helping hand, John spends much of his free time as a collective storyteller, rabid reader, and dabbler in all things “nerd.”