Mindy and Jason Schaefer recently opened Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery in University Place’s blossoming town center. That’s where to find chemical-free mattresses, bedding, soft Holy Lamb baby gear and comfy cotton robes.
“We care about organic,” Mindy Schaefer said. “It is about health and the preservation of our natural world.”
A baby started the movement. In 2003 Barry A. Cik, a board-certified environmental engineer with a long record of advocacy for safer products, researched mattresses for his first grandchild. He couldn’t find a single option that didn’t have questionable chemicals, potential allergens or hazardous flame retardants.
Barry and his sons Jeff and Jason co-founded Naturepedic to offer parents a better mattress for their babies. Now Naturepedic has grown to offer certified organic mattresses and accessories for the whole family.
In the University Place shop small baskets of fleecy wool invite shoppers to feel the natural fibers. Cut -away mattress samples offer a look at how organic products are combined to create comfy beds. This is the only privately owned gallery for experiencing the mattresses between Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay area.
“Come in and take a short rest,” Schaefer invited. Then, shoppers can check the shelves and displays of Holy Lambs organic and Coyuchi products for their children or grandchildren.
The Schaefers say their vision is to promote health and well-being and to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices. Their shops in University Place and in Olympia (in the historic Steam Plant Building) are owner operated.
“We bring distinctive, comfy healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” Schaefer said.
Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery