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1.3 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

Everything for your good health here with incredibly kind staff---I am so happy we have this store!! Plus, there is a senior discount every day of the week. This store has good prices for bulk and regular items, and there are often specials worth buying.

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed September 7, 2018

The Staff of Life Natural Foods located at 1305 Water St, Santa Cruz, CA NEEDS to TRAIN ITS WORKERS to NOT TOUCH THEIR FACEs AND keep fingers out of their MOUTHs WHEN WORKING at the meat counter. The man at the meat counter with multiple...infected piercings all over his nose touched his face before I ordered the ground meat and then as i was leaving, he had his fingers in his mouth at the meat counter!!! Also, the Staff of Life NEEDS TO TRAIN THEIR grocery BAGGERS. This is what the person filling my grocery bags did: 1) put soft bread in the bottom of the bag and put heavy items on top; 2) when I asked her to put refrigerated items in the insulated bag, she did not do it; she did not seem to understand that lettuce is also a cold item; and (3) she walked away from me when I told her not to put bread in the bottom of the bag, to put refrigeratable veggies in the insulated bag. I don't know if workers at the Staff of Life are even trainable??? But if they are trainable, these folks should have an orientation and demonstration of basic grocery bagging skills and hygienic behaviors as well as decorum. I will never return to the Staff of Life.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed November 24, 2017 via mobile

This is our number one place to shop in Santa Cruz. We go because it sin our neighborhood, locally owned and the prices are good. They have excellent selection of organic and locally grown produce as well as all the other things you could need....If you ask for it they will try and get it if they can. The new butcher is great too. I can get everything in one place and don’t need to go to three different stores.More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed September 17, 2017

If you are Looking for a Locally owned Natural Food Store, this is your place! Have been coming hear for over 40 years. Through evolution, still good! Still individually owned; still local. Has everything including a food bar and deli... local produce etc.

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed June 15, 2017

To the owners -----I really like this store. The staff are helpful, friendly and they are a great organic store. But today, an interaction really chapped my hide. I went into the store, did my shopping-- veggies, meats, cheeses etc. Total ~ $50. As I...was walking out I had craving for a muffin and went to the window to pay for it. Since I had my tea cup with me , I asked for a hot water refill. "That'll be 50 cents " the cashier said. WHAT!! I've got my own cup, my own tea bag. No changing her mind.......This will make me want to shop NewLeaf or Whole Foods. P.s. Thanks for all the years I've been shopping there!More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed April 1, 2017

Although equally expensive. We often stop by here to pick up some cracked crabs, always fresh, and some egg, tarragon chicken, orzo and roasted chicken. Excellent butchers. Layout of the store detfies logic, however.

Date of visit: March 2017
Reviewed January 20, 2017

I've been shopping at The Staff for about two years. I shop there less and less. Often the price you see on the shelf is lower than at the register. I take pictures just to show the check person. They apologize, but when this drags...on for six months for the same products, you start to wonder if it is policy that always seems to benefit them. They started taking away a few products I liked also, and the hot bar - I've thrown away stuff from the hot bar it was so bad, especially any meat. The bread section is always a mess with very few prices clearly marked. Impossible to make choices accurately. Maybe people don't care about price or not. Couple that with their horrible parking situation, the weird redesign and wingnut register folks - I don't look forward to shopping here. To be fair, SOL usually has the best green produce for the most affordable price and the supplement section is usually pretty good - confusing, but good. I know it's tough running a place like this and I feel bad for this store. It could be improved greatly and take back more of its market share. Until then, I'll find alternatives unless it is imperative.More

Date of visit: January 2017
Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

I went in there after having surgery on my back and on 10 organs in my abdominal region I was wrapped in a body binder, the beauty department staff refused to help me or acknowledge me refused to help me. She rolled her eyes at...me. I cannot lift or bend because of my surgery and extensive stitching and staples. She presented with enormous attitude Horrible degrading experience horrible service they need new staff. I intend to tell the manager about this. In fact I called one manager already. That behavior is discrimination to someone who is disabled and inappropriate and unacceptable the incident happened Monday sept 26 2016 at 12:45 in the health and Beaty department. She is a blue eyed long haired brunette that rolls her eyes a lot. Too bad I didn't ask her name. After writing this review I am working on my formalized letter and complaint. I really like staff of life as a store so I won't follow the American dissabilites act legal rights and benefits that I have (because I'm nice and like the store) so I won't be calling my lawyer but it's a matter of time till this employee creates great legal liability for the store. Matter of time before they get sued unless they work on their training or fire the liability.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed September 17, 2016

Staff of Life offers a great variety of natural foods including rotisserie chicken, deli to-go items, canned and bottled goods, and at a price below Whole Foods. Their best attribute however is their incredible fruits and vegetables. They always seem to look great and taste...great. They have a nice big parking lot and a friendly staff too.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

I love Staff of Life! Great organic food selection and vitamin dept. today I got a mocha and bear claw. The mocha was so good. The bear claw was to die for the bakery dept never disappoints. Check them out.

Date of visit: August 2016
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