With the encouragement from her entrepreneur father, and the support of her husband Murray,
She started with a 500 square foot space health store in her living room. She offered supplements, food and cosmetics while educating others on the importance of healthy whole food, and the benefits of using natural cosmetics. As Jo Anne’s passion for spreading health grew so did her store. She moved to a 1,000 square foot space in another house in Lindsay to provide more product and service to her growing clientèle, as the need for a store front became more apparent Jo Anne’s Place made 84 Russell St. West in the Queen’s Square Plaza its home.
Today Jo Anne’s Place has over 2500 square feet of retail and storage space to serve our customers in the Kawartha Lakes and surrounding area.
Jo Anne opened her first store in her home in the town of Lindsay.
In 1985, Jo Anne's Place expanded beyond Lindsay to open the first Peterborough store.
Again the growing knowledge of the benefits of living healthy spread the need to expand in Peterborough. In 1996, the store moved to its current location at 904 Water St. North. The location has undergone different expansions to meet our customer needs.
During Jo Anne’s journey in expanding her vision of creating a healthy community, her daughter Margo was by her side. Working alongside her mother, Margo was learning the in’s and out’s of running a business, being educated on nutraceuticals, following the ever-changing trends and experiencing first- hand the benefits of healthy living.
In 1998 Margo and Paul took over the daily operations of the business as Jo Anne was enjoying semi-retirement with her husband Murray. With the support of the community, Jo Anne’s Place continued to grow under Margo and Paul’s management.
In 2003 when Jo Anne was ready to enjoy full- time retirement, Margo and Paul purchased the business from Jo Anne and have carried on her vision of creating a healthy community by offering health-conscious choices and natural foods.
The next six years they enjoyed watching the business thrive and grow. We realized our customers were expressing the need for a location on the west end of Peterborough. By 2008 the process had begun for opening another location at 1260 Lansdowne St. West.
The Lansdowne location became the head office and warehouse and distribution centre for the other two locations.With approximately 5000 square feet of retail space, it enabled Jo Anne’s to expand their grocery, nutraceutical and cosmetic selection.
Jo Anne’s Place has not stopped growing since inception. The health industry has continued to expand and become a mainstream way of living and Jo Anne’s has been here to meet the needs of our customers along the way.
At Jo Anne's Place, you will find organic fruit and vegetables, a large selection of quality frozen meat, gluten-free and local products, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and herbal products, a wide selection of supplements and vitamins, natural cosmetics and body care products, biodegradable cleaning and housekeeping products, pet-care products and much more.
Our professional staff of product educators and holistic nutritionists, and a naturopathic dispensary are all available to support your wellness journey. From food sampling, to product demonstrations, seminars, customer appreciation events and a customer rewards programs, there's always something happening here!
We strive to offer a wide selection of quality products that will continue to serve generations to come, encouraging them to take care of themselves and the world that has been entrusted to us.