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Review: Right By Nature

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Normally I wouldn’t bother reviewing a grocery store, but this one is worth it. Right By Nature is located on 23rd and Smallman (24th if you want to park in the indoor garage) in The Strip District in Pittsburgh, PA under the parking garage for The Cork Factory.

First – Right By Nature is clean. Considering it’s a smaller market, that a big thing even after only being open a short time.

Second – For an organic foods market, the prices are very reasonable and sometimes better than the major markets around Pittsburgh.

When I shopped there – the produce, rows of coffee, bulk items, etc were spaced perfectly for many customers to pass with ease.

The produce was extremely fresh – even better than what I find in The Strip itself.

The aromas from the Cafe’ inside Right By Nature were wonderful.

The service and help available when needed was excellent!

They seem to highlight local items like locally roasted coffees where possible.


PS – This is exactly what the doctor ordered for The Strip District for the residents and all the new people moving there.

  1. March 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I agree totally SWB. You mention the friendly service and that is definitely one thing that stands out, but is subtle. You’re right on the other points too, including the bright and airy cafe. I was in there last week for a lunch meeting and my partner spilled something; the staff was on top of that before we could go for the extra napkins!

    Plus, some people from the North Hills are finding that Right By Nature is much more accessible than Whole Foods or the Co-op. And the free indoor parking… I can only think of one other food store that provides that in Pittsburgh and it’s often very crowded in the garage. Not here, I’ve always been able to park no more than 30 feet from the elevator that goes right into the store.

    So support this new locally owned and operated Pittsburgh business you foodies!

    • SWB
      March 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you for the review ….. but to be honest, I’m still a bit peeved that they open *after* I moved out of The Cork Factory 🙂

  2. March 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Yes, you would have had it all right there. Plus, if you’re a Pirate fan, Pittsburgh Water Limo has a boat at the Cork Factory that shuttles folks to the game and back on the river. Who needs a car? Talk about low carbon footprint: walk to the grocery, cruise to the game on water transit.

  3. Patti
    March 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I like the prepared foods. Drive over, park upstairs, elevator down, pick out dinner for two with dessert: $15.00, get a parking token when paying, elevator up, drive away. Seriously, walking the dog takes longer. Love it.

    Btw, the store is on Smallman at 23rd. The upstairs garage entrance is on 24th.

  4. March 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Patti, I love the “Seriously, walking the dog takes longer” comment!

    Good point about the garage entrance. It can be confusing at first.

    BTW, had a great meal in Cioppino around the corner two weeks ago.

  5. SWB
    March 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    This place doesn’t cease to amaze me. I asked an employee in near the soy / rice drinks about them. He didn’t drink the items, so he consulted the owner – in all of about 2 minutes.

  6. March 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Yes, the managing partner, Bob Stone, is very passionate and knowledgeable about the business and natural foods. He’s not another cookie cutter manager. He came back to Pittsburgh after 25 years of work in this field and was dismayed about what he found here in grocery stores, including both quality and service. Plus, he seems to at it about 18 hours a day!

  7. March 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I love Right by Nature. I was also in the soy/rice milk area and wanted to know how the hemp milk tasted for my child with allergies. I was looking for a dairy and soy free alternative. I had read about hemp milks benefits and it has much more protein than rice milk. The person stocking the shelves didn’t know how it tasted, so he went and got some cups and opened a carton of it, and me, my toddler, and he all sampled it. It was great and we bought a case. They gave me a 10% case discount off of the hemp milk which was already featured on sale that week. Great customer service, nice selection, outstanding produce and value. We always have lunch in the cafe when we go. Yum. Easily accessible from the North Hills. I go every other week.

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