Bonnie Begins Our Business
Since 1977, Corner Health Foods has been committed to improving the health of everyone we encounter. Our founder, Bonnie Abernathy, worked closely in the 1970s with special needs children. Many of them had a variety of nutritional needs and dietary restrictions. Bonnie knew that a change in diet could dramatically change their future. She also learned that many of their parents were having difficulty finding organic foods and vital supplements. So, when the opportunity came along, Bonnie opened her own health food store.
For more than 10 years Bonnie built the inventory at Corner Health Foods—expanding to include many different types of healthy foods and supplements.
Anne Expands Our Influence
Anne Johnson’s health had been in decline. Asthma and a variety of allergies prevented her from participating in sports, which left her distraught. Conventional doctors could not help; however, when she went to see a holistic doctor her health improved. The doctor started her on a nutritious diet of whole, unprocessed foods and powerful supplements.
Anne’s health steadily improved. She now wanted to inspire other people toward a healthier lifestyle. When she learned that Bonnie was retiring and that Corner Health Foods was for sale, she bought it. For the next 20 years, Anne was a fixture at our store—always available to help people with health concerns. She added many new products that support a healthy lifestyle.
Liliana Takes the Baton
In 2008, when Anne decided to retire, she wanted to leave her store to someone who shared her passion for health. Anne had been mentoring Liliana Espinosa for five years, which included helping her to regain her health. “Many customers come into our store, suffering from illnesses like heartburn, indigestion, insomnia, and anxiety—to name a few,” says Liliana. “I really care about my customers. I know what it is like to have health issues, and Anne helped me to get my life back.”
Liliana and her compassionate staff are committed to continuing this legacy of caring for you—our valued customers at Corner Health Foods.
My history with Corner Health Foods goes way back. I started shopping here with my mom as a kid. I started working here at sixteen years old. I took a sixteen year hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom and currently I’ve been back at Corner Health for five years now. What can I say I love the sense of well being that comes with a healthy lifestyle. I became a vegetarian at sixteen and with a passion for cooking, I starting incorporating clean, organic, whole foods into my diet. I've been experimenting with making whole food recipes for my family for over 24 years. I love working at CHF because I get to share healthy recipes, ideas and tips that make living a healthy lifestyle a little easier. If you have any questions about how to cook quinoa, what the heck to do with chia seeds or tips on how to get more kale in your diet, let me know, I’d love to help you.
I have worked at Corner Health Foods in Mundelein for six years. Having health issues myself such as dairy allergies, eczema and low bone density, helps me to understand our customers needs better. It's also fun to work here and see and learn about the new products we add to our shelves frequently.