Friday, August 12, 2016

Dr. Fulton's South Side Store

Dr. Alvenia Fulton behind the counter of her business on 53rd Street on the south side of Chicago. Fulton was a juicing advocate; notice the juicer in front of her (photo circa 1979) 
In 1958 Dr. Alvenia Fulton (1893 to 1999) started Fultonia Health and Fasting Institute on Chicago’s South Side. This combination health food store, restaurant, and herbal pharmacy, was a business in a rough part of the city and it was “a kind of hodgepodge” of health foods and alternative health products. Dr. Eileen Silva, a doctor of naturopathy, described the store as a “homespun kitchen that exploded all over the place.” It was not like any other health food store that you saw.  Fulton’s store became well-known for the sale of herb and vitamin pills, and the potions and solutions that she mixed. Her expertise attracted noted athletes like the former olympic gold medalist in boxing Muhammad Ali. 

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