Natural Health Hub
Recognizing the increasing awareness of what we can do for ourselves to stay healthy and the substantial growth in the natural health products and services market, the City of Kenmore and Bastyr University are collaborating with the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County to identify and promote the growing business sector related to natural health products and services in King County. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr University offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, midwifery and nutrition. The University is the largest employer in the city of Kenmore, with more than 400 employees. In addition to its busy teaching clinic in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, Bastyr opened a San Diego campus in 2012 that is growing faster than its most optimistic projections, with 159 students enrolled in 2014.
In addition to Bastyr University, Kenmore is home to a number of natural health-related businesses and sees the potential for more companies who are interested in being close to the University, to locate in the Kenmore area. Super Supplements constructed a new store in downtown Kenmore to serve its expanding customer base, joining Bothell Ski and Bike (who relocated to Kenmore several years ago) and WhatsSup Standup Paddleboard and Kayak Rental as fitness businesses who value Kenmore’s access to the Burke-Gilman Trail and Lake Washington. Kenmore’s Business Incubator is also working with Bastyr to provide business consultation to students and graduates as they launch their own businesses.
One example of a fruitful partnership between Bastyr University and a natural health company is with Choice Organic Teas, headquartered in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. With the help and expertise of Bastyr herbalists, Choice Organic Teas developed a line of eight herbal wellness teas. Choice contributes a portion of every purchase to the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund.
The EDC has identified over 500 naturopathic physicians in the Seattle/King County area. This emerging trend in preventive medicine is exemplified by the family medical practice of Kenmore resident Barbara Mendrey, MD, and Joshua Goldenberg, ND, Bastyr University alumnus. A highly collaborative medical team, the basis of their practice is CollabraCareTM medicine – a conventional physician working in collaboration with a naturopathic physician – which has led to high levels of satisfaction among local patients.
To set the table, Kenmore is completing a thorough review of downtown business zoning to provide more opportunity for job growth in this city with an exceptional and toll-free location at the north end of Lake Washington. Kenmore is attracting new business and development investment, with the sale and redevelopment of City-owned downtown property to Main Street Properties for Kenmore Village. In addition to new multi-family residential, services and retail (which could include a natural health related business), the Kenmore Village site will also have a signature public amenity--a new Town Green and Pavilion, designed by Hewitt and Graham/Baba Architects.