I just left my home town of London Ontario after 49 years and sold everything to follow my dream and open my own health store. I always wanted to have my own business but thought I would never have enough money or enough courage, but an uncanny chain of events occurred; now I am the owner of The Hollow Willow Health Store in downtown Paris. My name is Susan Serre (rhymes with Mary) and I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I've managed all manner of health food stores and have been educating people in the natural health industry for over 20 years. I was an instructor for 8 years at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in London.
When people ask about the store name I tell them that I was down to the ‘W’s in herbs and trees as so many names were already taken. I came across a Czech Republic idiom “to talk to a hollow willow tree” that means to confide your deepest secrets to someone as if the person were a hollow tree. I thought to myself, “I am a Hollow Willow!” Nearly all of my life, people have come to me with their problems and shared their hearts and trusted me with personal information. (Prior to the Natural Health Industry, I counselled Young Offenders with addictions for several years). After 20 years of trying to find a name, the name found me. I found the perfect location, with lots of character, and a stunning view of the Grand River. We carry name brand supplements, sports nutrition, organic skin care, aromatherapy and we support local artisans - pottery, natural crystal/stone jewellery, local honey, beeswax candles and more! The Hollow Willow Health Store is a unique, boutique-style store with something for everyone whether you’re a health nut or not.