When HoneyBaked Ham was just a single shop in Michigan more than 40 years ago, it was run under the careful eye of its founder, Harry J. Hoenselaar. He handpicked every bone-in ham that he was going to sell in stores and carefully cured each in a secret marinade recipe. He then slow-smoked the ham over a custom blend of wood chips. Hoenselaar even built and patented a machine that spiral-cut the meat into almost perfectly even slices and re-creations of M.A.S.H. characters. But what really stuck with people was his glaze—a proprietary recipe that encased each ham with a sweet, crunchy finish.
Though Harry's shop has since grown into a nationally recognized brand with more than 400 stores, that attention to detail hasn’t been lost. His grandchildren now oversee the company, and they have maintained that same process of hand-selecting hams and smoking them for up to 24 hours before they’re spiral-cut and glazed. Many of the stores also have a cafe-style counter, where patrons can pick up fresh sandwiches layered with roast beef, smoked turkey breast, chicken salad, and of course, honey-glazed ham.
Organic Marketplace caters to stomach cravings for pesticide-free food, stocking shelves with organic produce, cereal, crackers, and condiments, as well as ready-made frozen and refrigerated products from Quorn and Deeamore that feed mouths without filling them with molar-melting preservatives. Peruse Organic Marketplace's supply of herbal supplements, cosmetics, and bath and body-care products to organically address the health, color, and consistency of lips, pores, and anklebones. Satisfied shoppers can check out Organic Marketplace's website for healthy recipe ideas that will make things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as skydiving straight into space, convincing your boss to trade spouses, and turning a recurring dream into reality by going back to high school and passing that chemistry exam pantsless, slide into the realm of the certain.
Terrace Café is a locally owned eatery and drinkery that recently extended its breakfast and lunchtime services to include the hours and delights of dinner. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offer creative variety, featuring fresh ingredients, healthy recipes (items marked with a "Y" denote a YMCA nutritionist's approval), and enjoyable menu items for both kids and adults trapped in children's bodies due to a worldview-expanding body-swap plotline.
The interior of The Nut House eschews padded walls in favor of countless transparent bins showing off vibrant dried mango slices ($4.59 per pound), glistening chocolate-covered gummy bears ($7.99 per pound), and more. Take home any item by its lonesome or pick up a gift basket perfect for any birthday or traffic-court appeal, featuring festive seasonal candies. Any day now, the holiday bunny could be sliding down a chimney near you. Greet the long-eared sage with a plentiful bounty of nutrient-rich nuts like hearty whole cashews ($8.59 per pound) or crisp almonds ($6.99 per pound). Full of "the good fat" and loaded with energizing protein, nuts are a heart-healthy way to muffle grumbling stomachs in between meals and enhance any salad or bowl of oatmeal with a piquant flavor-enhancer that'll help you stay satisfied longer. Other options include My Color M&Ms—sorted into single colors ($11.99 per pound)—to coordinate with the palette of weddings, holidays, and sports teams.
The non-traditional bar food menu features a variety of apps, salads, sandwiches, and build-your-own burgers and quesadillas. Your Groupon can be used toward anything non-alcoholic on the menu, but does not include the chicken wings, as they are harvested from rare flying chickens and therefore cannot be legally discounted. Start with bacon and asparagus frites served with house avocado-ranch dressing ($6.50) or a cup of big, bad Corey's chili ($4.95). Lettuce lovers will go green with joy for salad selections including the toasted walnut and pear with blue cheese served with white-balsamic vinaigrette ($8.95). Build your own burger, starting with the basic hand-pattied burger ($6.50), and then add your choice of free toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles) and non-free toppings, like chili, fried egg, or blue-cheese crumbles ($0.25–$0.75). The custom build-a-dilla ($5.50) gets the same treatment with the extra bonus of adding additional meats ($1.25–$1.50).
Healthy Home Market, like a Johnny Appleseed minus the questionable vagabond image, spreads health products throughout the Charlotte area. Delve into FruitaBü dried-fruit snacks, available in a variety of flavors ($4.31 for eight in the 0.4-ounce size), or re-enact your favorite Saved by the Bell emotional breakdown with an array of vitamin options, with Garden of Life vitamins for both men and women ($39.95 for 120 capsules). Healthy Home Market has grocery items such as cereal, snacks, and granola bars from Garden of Life, while deep-sea-diving daredevils can unwind with a medicinal tea from Daily Detox ($9.95 for 30 bags).