Sadly, Essene is no longer independently owned. It's now owned by Palm Tree Markets, and the new owners give every indication that Essene is to become just another ordinary grocery store in their chain. The healthy, macrobiotic fare at the deli counter has already been replaced by greasy Asian slop. In the shop, authentic health food brands are being replaced by cheap imitations. Essene was a refuge for vegetarians for four decades. That's all over now.