Simplicity. That's the most important ingredient in all food according to Honest Weight Food Co-op. So to understand what makes their products stand out, it's better to look at what's not on the nutrition label. No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. No antibiotics, hormones, or other non-food ingredients. The team at Honest Weight Food Co-op works with local farmers and producers to make sure their standards are met in every product.
That's been Honest Weight Food Co-op's modus operandi since its founding in 1976, and the efforts of the members-owned organization have proved successful. The co-op has expanded into bigger and bigger spaces over the years, until they finally arrived at their current Watervliet Avenue location in 2013. The building brims with fresh meats and fish, in-season produce, natural groceries, and household items such as light bulbs and laundry soap (which also come from eco-friendly, responsible suppliers, naturally).
In addition to storing vast amounts of grocery items and prepared meals, this expansive space also makes it possible to host events ranging from juicing classes to reiki sessions. Honest Weight's outreach programs send educators to local schools to teach about healthy living, and the co-op partners with WAMC public radio to host Food For Thought evenings of food, film, and discussion, at least when attendees are done chewing.
Since opening in May, Crestwood Catering & Deli has been packing custom and specialty deli sandwiches with fresh fixings, cheeses, and meats. Custom Woodys sandwiches headline the extensive menu, starting with a foundation of a roll, wrap, or white, whole-wheat, rye, or pumpernickel bread. The Tribute BLT ($7.75) deviates from its traditional fillings, adding an avocado and a fried egg to its culinary trio and doing for the sandwich world what the addition of Simon and Garfunkel did for Hanson. Sub captains update a lunchbox classic by searing thick bologna before painting it with roasted peppers and speckling it with provolone cheese (a $6.99 value); with tomato, cucumber, and dill havarti, the egg-salad-and-smoked-salmon sandwich (an $8.99 value) spawns currents of sophisticated flavor. Fountain-style Pepsi products round out the meal with carbonated pizzazz (a $1 value each).
Boost Mobile touts a simple philosophy: be heard. As an independent store owner, Azam Khan holds that principle dear in all his business dealings. Whether his clients want to set up a cellular plan or find the perfect mobile device, he's there to field questions and ensure satisfaction. His store also offers a diverse array of phone accessories for popular brands such as Verizon and Samsung.
Founded in 1905 by the store's eponymous "CK"—Charles Klarsfeld—the shop has seen many bikes roll through its doors over ten-and-a-half decades. Today, the current owners continue to scuff up the floor with the tire tracks with the latest and greatest velocipedes, stocking more than 500 bicycles from brands such as Schwinn, Raleigh, and Trek in its subterranean storeroom. In the upstairs show room, cycles from everyday commuters to specialty BMX and mountain bikes flaunt their shiny frames amid cycling apparel from brands such as Garneau and Massimo. Meanwhile, trained techs in CK Cycles' onsite service shop perform a range of services, from doing yearly tune-ups to rectifying the faulty, albeit supercharged modifications made by sitcom tool-show hosts.
Passonno Paints has equipped brush wielders with high-quality paint for more than 80 years. A friendly, knowledgeable staff helps patrons navigate thousands of hues from series such as Rustic Colors and The Historic Colour Collection, which includes all 149 colors of President Lincoln’s pet rainbow. In addition to transforming dwellings with vivid colors and equipping windows with blinds, Passonno Paints has also created an award-winning latex-paint-recycling program.
The technicians at Justin’s Car Wash Center don’t stop caring for cars after they’ve scrubbed windows and chassis clean during an extensive interior and exterior wash. They also journey under the hood ornament for a premium oil change, after which they complete a safety check and top off all fluids. Other automotive services keep engines running strong as the techs flush out old and expired fluids and measure exhaust pipes' CO2 and designer-perfume emissions in state smog checks. Matching interior excellence to exterior beauty, Justin’s Car Wash Center diligently details rims, carpets, and engines with three packages and express, à la carte services.