Eric and Marsha Eberhardt helped establish The Gentle Rain in 1979. The business grew quickly and moved to a larger space at 30 Rebecca Street in 1989. A few renovations and additions later, we are still growing. This year we celebrate 36 years in business!!!


In July 2010, Eric passed away. He will always be remembered by customers and staff for all of his accomplishments with the store and in the community.


In July 2014, Marsha made the decision to retire, selling the store to Brendan Davidson.

In July 2014, Brendan Davidson purchased the Gentle Rain from Marsha. Brendan grew up in his mothers health food store in Guelph (The Stone Store) and acquired Green Valley Health & Herbs in Elmira, ON in 2005.


We happily support local farms and businesses and promote environmentally friendly products and utilities.

SARA is the Supplement Manager and has been with the store for over 20 years. She is our resident supplement nerd and is constantly reading and taking trainings to keep up to date with new products as well as new research.

LIZ has many years experience in the food industry. She is our Grocery Manager, keeping everything in order in the grocery department. Liz will organize the receiving room to make sure we are all aware of the next delivery coming.

BECKY has been a valued employee here for 25+ years packaging all of our bulk flours, grains, nuts & seeds, spices & herbs. She is a dedicated employee and takes pride in her work. She loves to tell jokes and has a wonderful laugh.
DANIELLE believes that food is one of the most powerful tools we have to create wellness - the harmony between mind, body & Spirit and wants to share her passion for nutrition with the world. She is the purchaser for the produce department ~ making the department look amazing with all the colours! We love her sense of humour and beautiful laugh. 
ANITA has been passionate about Health & Nutrition for over 35 years.  Anita helps out in the supplement room and is very knowledgable to help customers when they are dealing with food restrictions. She is able to help our customers with gluten free and vegan options as well as other areas in the store.

ADRIENNE is one of the purchasers in the supplement room. She has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the store. Having cats & a dog, she can help you with natural products for your pets as well.

LAILA has a contagious laugh that you can hear throughout the store. She is our bulk purchaser making sure you get the items you are searching for.
NANCY is the Office Manager ~ taking care of our website, webcart & much more behind the scenes. She is also a Spiritual & Wellness Coach and the author of "The Choice is YOURS". If you would like more information, go to her personal page:
DEBI is our main grocery purchaser. Looking for something you don't see on the shelves (grocery area)? Get a message to Debi and she will do what she can to find it for you.
BARB is one of our grocery purchasers, receiver and organizer of the produce when it arrives too. Having a passion for the health industry, Barb continues to gain knowledge to educate herself about natural products.