Absolute Nutrition boasts four northern Alabama locations, including its recently opened Huntsville store inside Riviera Fitness Center. The shop stocks health-boosting vitamins and supplements that build the physique. Opti-Women tablets deliver vitamins and nutrients tailored for the female body, and Opti-Men supplements contain enzymes and vegetable extracts. Protein-packed brownie bars and whey shakes fuel muscle growth without the confused glances one gets while slurping spinach straight from the can.
Doctor of Chiropractic Vincent E. White, Jr. uses chiropractic adjustments to treat ailments that range from neck and back aches to migraines. When he's not treating subluxations of the spine, White shares his skills with future chiropractors by teaching classes at Calhoun Community College.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces, such as an immaculately carved chest of drawers ($548), are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Pieces are always fully assembled, ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.