DENVER and STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage® (NYSE: NGVC) opens its 31st store in Colorado today with its newest location in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Natural Grocers is a grocery chain based in Denver that offers only natural and organic products with the highest standards at affordable prices, giving Steamboat residents and visitors a broad selection of healthful, fresh, organic and natural food, supplement, home and body care choices. As part of its core values, Natural Grocers offers only USDA certified organic produce and meats from animals raised naturally without the use of antibiotics or hormones. Also the grocery chain has an extensive supplement and body care department, a large selection of gluten-free and other special dietary need products. In addition, the store offers a huge selection of delicious organic and natural groceries free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. For more than 55 years, the Isely family has managed Natural Grocers. Part of the family's commitment to maintaining a true natural foods store is to avoid selling any products that contain artificial ingredients such as sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or produce grown with synthetic pesticides. See: "What We Won't Sell and Why." Today the awareness of the benefits of eating natural foods is higher than ever and continues to grow, helping Natural Grocers expand to 58 stores in 12 states. " Steamboat Springs is loved by residents and tourists for its natural beauty and recreation, so an affordable grocery store offering healthy foods and supplements is an extension of the culture already there," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers co-President. "We're thrilled to be part of the Steamboat community today." Nutritional CoachingIn addition to only offering foods that meet the Isely family's high standards for quality and health, Natural Grocers also offers free nutritional coaching - from individualized sessions, to meal planning, to general questions about nutrition and health. Every Natural Grocers has a credentialed Nutritional Health CoachSM in-house and all of the stores' staff is trained to help shoppers find products and resources to support optimal health. The company also offers free seminars and speakers of interest to the community (schedule available in the store and online at http://www.naturalgrocers.com/nutrition/nutrition-seminars).Eco-friendly conceptTrue to the Natural Grocers philosophy, the new store was retrofitted for use at 355 Lincoln Avenue, where it was previously a furniture and home décor store. To fit Natural Grocers, the space was designed with a variety of energy-efficient features including motion light sensors, 100 percent post-consumer content tiles, polished concrete flooring and commercial-grade LED lights. In addition, Natural Grocers is 100% shopping bag free (no paper, no plastic). In the event customers forget to bring their reusable bags, Natural Grocers offers free recycled boxes; but of course, Natural Grocers does sell inexpensive reusable shopping bags as well.