Hi, I am Stuart Ainslie and I have been working for the Stirling Health Food Store since 2004.
My first introduction to 29 Dumbarton Road was way back in the early 80s when I was a teenager. I would go there to try and borrow money from my older sister (sometimes succesfully, more often not) who worked in the typing pool when the building was occupied by an Insurance Company.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and a friend of mine, stuck in traffic, happened to glance accross the road and notice a sign in the window of -what was by that tim- the Stirling Health Food Store, advertising the vacancy of part-time sales assistant. Long story short, he called me and told me about it, I turned up in a hastily prepared CV, badly ironed shirt and borrowed tie, had a very informal interview with the shop owner and not long afterwards was offered the job! That was back in 2004.
And here I am, almost 7 years and 3 children later. Sure the hairline is nothing but a fond memory and (as the notches on my belt can testify) the waistline keeps expanding at an alarming rate, but my commitment to excellent customer service is one thing that has remained the same.
I am extremely proud and fortunate to still be part of what must surely be one of Scotland's longer established (and highly respected) independent health food retailers. Not to mention one of Stirling's longest serving local businesses. But I just have, so there.