Welcome to the magical world of Mrs. Mango's! At the shop you will encounter
an enchanted garden, unique animals, and herbal preparations of all sorts. Take the time to wander the grounds and find inspiration
and treasures to delight the senses. We have worked hard to create a place that is grounding and comforting to anyone who
needs a break from today's hectic lifestyle.
We are celebrating our 32st
year in business this September and owe it all to our wonderful friends, a.k.a., customers. Each day we have the opportunity
to meet people from all walks of life who are trying to find a more natural approach to living. Whether it's a remedy to a
common complaint or relief from a lifelong illness, we strive to give assistance to anyone who needs it.
When you come into the shop, you will be offered a complimentary cup of tea, iced or hot. I recommend
you take the time to accept the offer and have a seat to enjoy the treat of a home made cup of hibiscus tea and a windmill
cookie. Its a tradition of ours that we use to welcome old friends and introduce new ones to our shop.
After you have taken the time to unwind, browse the shop or come up to the counter and ask as many
questions as you please. If we can offer our guidance to an ailment or issue, we will happily share any information we
feel will be of assistance. If we know of a practitioner or healer who may help further, we will gladly pass on the contacts
of those we recommend.
A Brief History:
Anneke Langendonk a.k.a. Mrs. Mango started the shop as a way to bring her family's traditions of
natural healing to the Central Florida area in 1985. She was an immigrant from the Netherlands and came to this country in
1962 with her husband, children, her mother and father. After supporting her husband in his carrer, and raising her 4
children, she had the inspiration to open a traditional herb shop. She often called it her "mid-life crisis"
and after her husband retired, her dreams became her reality. With a limited budget and a somewhat dilapidated building, Anneke
started to create her life-long dream.
With the help of friends and family, she
repaired the run down building, planted seeds in the garden, and opened the doors to a legacy. People stopped by the peculiar
shop on the side of US1 not knowing what to expect. What they found was a welcoming place that offered rejuvenating and healing
energy and a warm and wise woman to guide them on their journey. She ran the shop with the stipulation that all are welcome
and that those the most in need don't always ask for it. Over the years she became the confidant and friend to many, and everyone
who had the pleasure of meeting her walked away with a feeling of calm and peace.
Langendonk passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 5th, 2013. She was not ill, and spent a fun filled day with her eldest
daughter the day before. Like everything in her life, we all feel this was not un-planned.
I am her granddaughter, Anneke Balazs. The teachings and guidance she gave me throughout my life are
immeasurable, and my only wish is to share these priceless anecdotes with all who wish to hear them.
My husband,James and I run the shop now. We strive to keep things exactly the way she would want and hope
to keep her legacy alive through us and all who knew her.
I remember her mantras
daily, and they help to guide me. "All that the honey bees create is a wonder", "Mother Nature knows all"
and "You should have more vegetables on your plate."
her life with passion and acceptance and I know we can all live with more of both in our lives.
We welcome old friends and new to our little shop and hope that all who enter feel a sense of awe and
wonder at what can happen when you have a dream.
As of May 2nd 2016, I
have earned the title of Holistic health practitioner as well as nutritional consultant. I thank Kingdom College Of Natural
Medicine for awarding me this honor and look forward to using my new knowledge to help our customers on their road to health.