Walsh natural health owner pivoted from corporate life to nutrition and wellness


It was 2005, and Lynn Bednar was dealing with a series of health problems, including back issues.

Lynn Bednar, owner Walsh Natural Health Credit: Supplied

Disappointed with what the traditional medical system had to offer, and dissatisfied with the temporary nature of prescription meds, she started exploring other options. She began with a deep dive into alternative therapies such as acupuncture, reiki, massage, hydrotherapy and supplements. That is where the journey to her store, Walsh Natural Health, began.

“I was so fascinated with this whole other world that I had never been introduced to in my 40 years,” Bednar recalls. “In order to learn more about it, and perhaps create a new career around it, I called the store to inquire about working there. Turns out, it was for sale. Since I had a strong business background, I knew I could run a business. And so, I bought it!”

Walsh Natural Health, named for a previous owner, is now in its 17th year under Bednar’s ownership. At 2116½ Central St., it’s a top Chicagoland destination for health and wellness solutions.

Our no. 1 priority when it comes to our products is quality,” Bednar said. “We carry companies that go beyond FDA requirements, that are careful about their sourcing of ingredients, and that have products that are backed by science.

“While we try to tailor our recommendations to what each individual needs, we do have some products that are more commonly purchased than others. These include collagen peptides, turmeric, probiotics and multivitamins. And of course, throughout the pandemic, immune support supplements have been very much in demand.”

Pursuing a passion

Bednar came from a business background and had previously worked at a large accounting firm and in commercial real estate portfolio management. She stepped away from her career to be home with her kids, and after her divorce realized she needed to return to work.

Shelves at Walsh Natural Health are stocked with an array of products. Credit: Supplied

“After making the rounds with some of my old colleagues, I realized that I wanted to do something different,” she said. “After the health problems I mentioned, I became really interested in natural health. I wanted something that was flexible so that I could be around for my kids and going back to the corporate life just wasn’t the answer.”

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