Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 250 locations across 21 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to sunbeds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the sunless, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.
T The Thistle Inn Tavern & Grill offers the perfect mix of fine cuisine and casual fare, with a focus on local ingredients from our region's farmers and fishermen. Six guest rooms are remodeled with modern conveniences while retaining period details. Overnight guests are invited to enjoy our delicious breakfast.
Hancock Gourmet transforms locally harvested seafood into small batches of take-home dishes, bringing fresh lobster and crab from shore to door at its storefront or with overnight or two-day delivery. The Port Clyde lobster mac ‘n’ cheese ($33.95 for two 9-oz. containers) has earned the establishment national recognition on Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay. This trademark dish oozes with Maine lobster and mascarpone-cheddar sauce, crowned with panko crumbs, herbed butter, lemon zest and parmesan cheese.
Big Top Deli fuels empty tanks with a bounty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, employing Boar's Head meats and cheeses to offer customers a flavorful cornucopia of deli delights. Manage morning pangs while expressing infatuation with sparsely used letters by ordering a Zazel, which fuses an egg with provolone, prosciutto, and roasted red peppers ($4). Afternoon cravings are toppled with a variety of both cold and hot sandwiches, ranging from classic turkey clubs ($7.25) to the grilled sirloin steak Trailblazer, outfitted with a cache of sautéed onions and mushrooms and peppered with mozzarella ($7.75–$9.95). New to Big Top Deli, the pizza menu joins forces with a full burger menu to forge a formidable tag team of American cuisine heavyweights.
Mediterranean Grill’s authentic kebabs, fresh hummus, and overflowing pitas have earned it not just one but six Best Middle Eastern awards from Creative Loafing—including those for 2012, 2010, and 2009—as well as a gushing news profile by CBS Atlanta. The eatery’s chefs earned these laudations by charbroiling tender cubes of sirloin and chicken, frying falafel patties to the perfect crisp, and layering phyllo dough with a blend of spinach, feta, and ricotta for spanakopita triangles that precisely illustrate the Pythagorean theorem. Guests can sit down to eat their wraps and kebab plates at the intimate dining room’s two-person tables and booths or call ahead to place orders for pickup, delivery, or catering.
Owner and chef Alisa Coffin imbues The Great Impasta's menu with Italian authenticity acquired from recent cooking classics in Umbria, Italy. Customers can commence feasts with platters of Italian meats and cheese plated alongside local chutney and honey ($9.75). Butternut-stuffed ravioli ($8.75 for a first course, $16.50 for an entree) soaks in a sauce concocted from pine nuts, garlic, walnuts, raisins, and olive oil, and linguine pescatore ($9.25/$17.50) displays a gang of mussels, scallops, clams, shrimp, and crab playing sharks and minnows in a creamy romano sauce. In addition to an omega wellness and vegan menu with whole-wheat renditions of pasta dishes, The Great Impasta boasts a gluten-free menu for oat-evading diners. An extensive assortment of wine and beer washes solid fare down throats more effectively than an encouraging song sung in a British accent.