If you are from the Greater Moncton Area, you are most likely familiar with Sequoia! Although all Sequoia stores are individually owned, one owner certainly stands out for her dedication and passion towards her business ― that woman is Danielle Gauvin, owner of Sequoia Downtown.
Tell me a bit about yourself.
My name is Danielle Gauvin. I grew up in Riverview, then I moved away for 10 years for schooling and work. I studied Public Relations (PR) and I worked for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce after having finished my studies.
I had always been interested in owning a small business. Working for the Chambers of Commerce was really eye opening. I was able to learn so much about what it means to own a small local business.When I saw Sequoia Downtown was up for sale, it was like the stars were aligning. I met with the owner for 8-9 months, made the leap and bought my first store. That was five years ago!
What is Sequoia?
Sequoia is a natural and organic wellness store. We are a preventative wellness store. Everything that we sell and everything that we do is to prevent disease or health issues from happening. We focus on prevention versus treatment. We really take the time to look at ingredients; we want to give our customers the best.
We have a holistic nutritionist on staff 7 days a week, which is just one of the great resources we have for the community. That person can provide health advice and make that first step in improving oneself both mentally and physically. This service is completely free to access.
Preventative health is extremely important. Two out of three New Brunswickers live with chronic illness, and most of those are preventable. We are here to educate and to help our community feel better.
Why downtown Moncton?
When I moved away, I never thought I would move back here. When I saw the store go up for sale, it had a big impact on me. I grew up here, it is where my family lives, and my friends and their kids live here. This is where I come from. This is the community that I want to help. It feels even more special because it is my community, it is where I grew up.
What do you love most about Moncton?
I really love the size of Moncton, and the incredible sense of community. When I am at my store or I am walking around, I am bumping into people I know, seeing familiar faces. We know each other, we know each other’s families. There is a strong sense of community, therefore a strong sense of wanting to help each other.
Sequoia Downtown is located at 114 Highfield Street. They are open from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., as well as 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5p.m. on Sundays. You can find a variety of quality products, from vegetables, to skin care, to vitamins and supplements.
About the author :
Carmen LeBlanc is a writer originally from Cheticamp, NS, now residing in Moncton, NB. Her blog Tiny Adventures Journey focuses on the environment, minimalism and travel. You can subscribe to her blog by following the link below, and you can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.