Our Mission

“To educate the community about using natural products as a primary means of maintaining and achieving optimal health.”

Walsh Staff Outside storefrontAt Walsh, we believe in helping people live healthier lives. Our shop is a unique, local health food store that has served Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie, Rogers Park and the North Shore Communities for over 20 years. The advantages and benefits of natural products extend to a wide variety of health concerns—overall wellness, stress, sleep issues, immune illness, bone and joint issues, and more. Our owner, Lynn Bednar, first came to the store as a customer after having some health issues of her own. She was dissatisfied with the solutions that Western medicine had to offer and fell in love with the simplicity and effectiveness of natural medicine. She purchased the store from its original owner in 2005.

We carry a wide variety of products that deal with the physical, mental, and emotional components of illness. We strive to offer the best new products as well as the tried-and-true products that have been around for many years. These are our Guiding Principles:

Buy Quality.

The quality of the products we sell is our top concern. We do the research for you. We carry the best-in-category products from companies with certified good manufacturing practices and excellent records in the natural health industry. Our vendors have high standards for their raw materials and research the safety and effectiveness of the products they offer. We look at the potency of the products we buy, ensure that the absorbable form of the vitamins is used, know how our vendors are sourcing materials, and look for products without fillers and other additives.

Provide Excellent Service.

Our staff has combined experience of 85 years in the natural products industry. We have the knowledge to help you select the products that are right for you and understand their benefits and proper use. Walsh provides a friendly, safe and intimate environment for people to discover better health options.


We teach customers to use supplements properly and make them aware of issues like potential drug interactions. We offer quarterly weight loss groups and other programs on a variety of subjects like detoxification, bone health, and aromatherapy. We have a blog, e-newsletter, in-store reference books, health articles and complimentary heath magazines available for customer use.

Protect the Environment.

It’s important to us that the companies we work with not only manufacture great products, but also operate with a conscience and an eye toward conservation. We look for companies who are kind to the earth by using renewable resources and recyclable packaging. Additionally, we implement eco-friendly ways of operating our own business – everything from recycling packing materials to conserving energy.

Give Back.

We support local charities through our participation in Central Street Community Days, a great event where merchants give a portion of their sales to 10 Evanston charities. We also support Evanston school events. We buy from companies that employ fair trade with raw-material suppliers, give back to the communities where ingredients are grown, and donate a percentage of profits to charitable causes.

Walsh is nestled in the charming Central Street business district of Evanston on the North Shore of Chicago.

This area, on the Wilmette-Evanston border, is a short walk from the Metra Pacific North Line Central Street stop. Here you’ll find a unique collection of independent shops ranging from homemade baked goods and rare, hand-ground spices, to fun and affordable couture. Whether you’re seeking flowers, food, coffee or jewelry, Central Street is full of treasures worth the trip.

Visit us soon to learn more about how natural products and Walsh can serve you!