From mining engineer, to accountant, to health food store owner, Gloria Novak has stood by her husband, Joe, in all of his endeavors. When Joe changed careers and started his own accounting business, Gloria helped him out, but found that accounting in general was somewhat “boring.” Joe’s first account was Queen’s Nutritional Products, a successful health food store in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The owners, whose name was Queen, had started the business because of the wife’s poor health; they were looking for alternative ways to help her. Over the years, as Joe built a relationship with the owner, he became interested in the different health foods and supplements that Queens carried. “In 1979, when the Queens’ retired,” said Gloria, “we had a chance to buy the store and of course, the rest is history!”
Today, at ages 75 and 88 respectively, Gloria and Joe still work every day – a living testament to the healthy lifestyle they adopted years ago. They are joined by their son, Joe Jr., and his wife, Lori Sue, to make their success truly a family affair.
Located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue in Allentown, Queens was a thriving business when Gloria and Joe purchased it, but the couple was not content with the “status quo.” They proceeded to open not one, but four more stores! “Eventually, we sold them, but it was inspiring to create that… expansion,” remembers Gloria. Three of the stores, located in Emmaus, Lebanon, and Souderton, Pennsylvania, are still open, each under new management. What an impressive tribute to Gloria and Joe Novak at the parent store.