To all the natural products retailers working tirelessly to nourish and support their communities through trying times, the team atWholeFoods Magazine thanks you. And this year, as we have done for over three decades, we have selected one stand-out retailer to recognize with our annual Retailer of the Year award. This year, the honor goes to Marlene’s Market & Deli, family-owned and -operated with two locations in Washington.

The market was founded in 1976 by Marlene Beadle, who based her business on the core belief that every person who walked through the door was special and deserved respect. Today, the market is run by Marlene’s daughter, Lisa Gebhardt, who remains committed to continuing Marlene’s legacy and building a culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates our differences. “We believe every single person should feel safe and respected and empowered to reach their full potential,” Lisa shares. And through the uncertainty of the past year, the team at Marlene’s has maintained a presence in the community, always keeping their smiles, even with the mask.

South Puget Sound residents turn to Marlene’s for products that support a healthy lifestyle, from supplements, beauty care, and household products to green, organic and sustainably- produced foods, along with an award-winning deli and bakery. Education is also a key component of Marlene’s offerings, with classes on a variety of topics, such as “Build Your Immunity For Fall and Winter” and “The Intelligence of Nature and the Power of Superfoods.”

In the November issue ofWholeFoodsMagazine, learn about the ways the team at Marlene’s is going above and beyond in their mission to “inspire healthy and positive lifestyles for each generation by creating a welcoming environment with the best selection of natural and organic products, a commitment to education, and a knowledgeable staff dedicated to outstanding customer service.” Join us in honoring their efforts.