For the body / Kitty-corner from Island Vintage Coffee sits its sister store Island Vintage Organic & Natural, the Royal Hawaiian Center’s newest tenant. Specializing in (you guessed it) organic and natural food items, skincare products and supplements, the store also serves breakfast, lunch and drinks every day. Try the Ginger Cooler, an incredibly thirst-quenching blend of Hawaiian ginger and sparkling water garnished with lemon, pineapple, berries and mint ($3.95). Popular lunch items include the Pacific Ahi sandwich, a sweet combination of island smoked ahi spread, swiss cheese, tomatoes, red onions, sprouts, arugula and romaine lettuce on dark rye bread with a side of salad or taro chips ($10.95)–definitely worth the 5-10 minute wait while they make it fresh.
Ninety percent of the products carried by the store are made locally, including gourmet sea salts from Molokai, jam and honey from the North Shore, Maui teas and bath and body products from Lanikai. An array of body butters that feel soft and whipped are so popular the shelves constantly require restocking.
“Organic and natural products don’t usually smell good, but we try to find things that do,” PR spokeswoman Aya Takada said as she handed me some organic noni lotion. It smelled wonderful. It’s only a matter of time before the organic takeover is complete.