About Us

The Dispensary Health Shop is at 25 Skinner Street, Whitby, in a building which was once the photographic studio of well- known Victorian photographer, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.

Although on a bustling street, we feel our shop offers an oasis of calm and friendliness, and the chance to explore more about your health, either by chatting to our staff, connecting with What’s On locally through our noticeboard, or browsing our wide range of products which include good food, health supplements, natural haircare and skincare & aromatherapy.

Our Ethos

At The Dispensary shop, we are committed to LOVE:

  • Local
  • Organic
  • Vegetarian/Vegan &
  • Ethical wherever possible!

Our Products

We stock a range of locally sourced products which include:

  • Medicines from the beehive – produced by BeeVital in Whitby
  • Our own bread baked with organic flours from Breaking Bread Bakery (our jointly – run community bakery with Esk Valley Camphill Community)
  • Organic fruit and vegetables
  • Practitioner-grade own brand Futurehealth Store food supplement capsules
  • Natural skincare products – produced by Sweet Cecily’s in Whitby
  • Locally roasted coffee – produced by Baytown Coffee, near Whitby
  • Cards, books and crafts by local artists, craftworkers and authors

These and our other suppliers are carefully chosen for the quality of their products and their ethical credentials. For instance, we stock a wide range of wholefoods, snacks, household goods and much more from Suma cooperative, herbal medicines and supplements from A. Vogel, aromatherapy products from Amour Natural, plus a wide range of haircare and skincare from Faith in Nature and Weleda.

Our aim is to make good food, supplements, herbal medicines, haircare, skincare and other health products, along with local cards, crafts and books accessible to more people. We never charge more than RRP and we also offer a 5% dividend to our members. It’s free to join and it’s surprising how quickly the points build up, meaning that you receive a discount on a future purchase.

Our Wider Work

We are committed to our animal welfare work which includes our local Compassion In World Farming Group, campaigning for an end to factory farming and the long distance transport of live animals. It also includes our work with Crustacean Compassion to bring about humane treatment for crustaceans including crabs and lobsters, many of which currently suffer greatly during cruel handling and slaughtering procedures.

How We Communicate:

  • Our Dispensary Blog
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter


Our collaborator in Three’s Company, Nature’s Laboratory, has developed Hivechat, a platform for people & communities to connect with each other and also to host online conferences. We hope to bring this facility to our Dispensary membership soon.

Come & See Us!

We hope you enjoy browsing our website and do call in and see us at The Dispensary, 25 Skinner Street, if you’re visiting Whitby. We would love to see you!