Pam Pinto, of Thomaston, is the owner of Act Natural Health and Wellness, a shop located at 24 Water St. that plans to sell homeopathic products created in nearby communities. The store is occupying the space formally operated by Sarabon Dance Wear. Pinto acquired the shop in February and is still working to renovate the space.
Pinto said Monday she hopes to have a soft-opening next month and a grand opening sometime in June. The shop will sell healthcare and dietary supplements like vitamins, essential oils, herbal remedies and skin care products. She said the shop’s name was inspired by nearby First Act Bakery and the surrounding theatre community.
“My goal here and my inspiration is you see so many things made in America. I am not only trying to be local but trying to bring suppliers that are made in America,” Pinto said.
“It’s going to take some time, but we are hoping to make it a community venture,” Pinto said.
Pinto said she wants to connect with local vendors and offer their products in her shop. She has already planned to sell organic soaps crafted locally and baked goods from Carol Ann’s Cookies and More, a Thomaston shop which makes certified gluten-free products. Working with local farmers is also one her goals, as she said she is working with Twin Pine Farms in Thomaston to sell their jams and relishes in her shop.
Pinto said she chose Torrington as the location of her first business venture because of the community.
“When you got downtown, you can see the revitalization,” Pinto said. “You feel the need to bring the community together and I think something like this will.”
Customers will be able to buy products in-store or also have an option of ordering online for in-store pickup. The store’s website is already live, as Pinto said she wanted to make sure the website was active so residents could get an idea of what the store will offer before it opens. Pinto said she plans on organizing a bulk-buying club for those looking to purchase large quantities of product.
Pinto has worked as a nutritional consultant for 10 years and her last job included providing nutrition consultation at ESPN.
Organic and homeopathic products tend to be seen as luxury items only available for affluent folks, but Pinto said she would like to change this perception with her shop. She said she wants to make these products accessible.
“People think they need to be wealthy to afford healthy food; you don’t,” Pinto said.
Reach Esteban L. Hernandez at (860) 489-3121, ext. 328.