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Bury St Edmunds Primal 8 health and wellbeing café brings a little 'Zen magic and ancient wisdom' to town



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A couple are hoping to bring a feeling of wellbeing to town after launching a new café with a ‘healthy twist’.

Primal 8, in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, offers a mix between a café and a health shop.

The venture was launched last month by Alison Turner and Chris Pask.

Alison Turner and Chris Pask at the new cafe. Picture by Mecha Morton
Alison Turner and Chris Pask at the new cafe. Picture by Mecha Morton

“Our friends had been telling us for ages we should start somewhere to share our enthusiasm and knowledge of healthy foods and healthy living,” said Alison, 30.

“The food and drink we serve, and the products we sell, are something both Chris and I have a passion for and researching it is our fun.

“We’ve had great feedback so far and have been rushed off our feet since we opened.”

Primal 8 on Risbygate Street
Primal 8 on Risbygate Street

The couple have completely revamped the shop space, which was previously Vanity Eight hairdressers.

Primal 8 sells a range of healthy drinks and food as well as CBD products and infusions, natural herbal supplements.

They have also created an area of the cafe, called the Zen Den, for people to relax, and have installed a water feature.

Alison and Chris, 34, have been together for 14 years. Their business has been inspired by their own personal journeys.

Alison Turner and Chris Pask with Chloe Jarratt
Alison Turner and Chris Pask with Chloe Jarratt

“Chris lost eight stone through healthy living and it also helped me with a some medical issues,” said Alison, who use to manage the Bodhi Tree health store in The Traverse.

“We are a health and wellbeing café and shop and also like to help people with products that will work for them.

“All our food at the café is naturally produced and eco-friendly. We stock milk, for example, from a Suffolk dairy with a happy heard of 10 pedigree Jersey cows who get a substantial amount of time to roam outside.

The Zen Den
The Zen Den

“Many of our drinks and products are based in ancient wisdom, which has never been more relevant than the modern day.”