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Ruby’s Natural Foods on the Northshore to close 

  It's a sad day for healthy food fans on the Northshore, as Ruby's Natural Foods (1030 Gause Blvd., W, Slidell, 985-641-1620), Slidell's longest operating natural food shop and luncheon counter, announced it will close its doors the first week of June.

  "My grandmother Ruby is just ready to retire and travel," says Michelle Hall, who has been helping run the shop for more than 20 years. "She's looking forward to the next phase of her life."

  A trailblazing health food store, Ruby's opened in 1980 and became a lunchtime favorite for diners in the area in search of good-for-you fare. The daily menu offers a number of diner classics with a healthy twist, including a mushroom burger, vegetable super sandwich and a daily selection of garden-based soups.

  If you're looking to stock up on milk alternatives or have one last egg salad sandwich, head to Ruby's and pay tribute to a woman who was talking about sprouts and superfoods long before every New Orleans neighborhood had a fresh-pressed juice joint.

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