"We don't want to be your dental office—we want to develop a lifelong friendship," says the staff at Skees Family Dentistry, where Dr. Dawn Skees leads a team in caring for patients during all stages of life. Her practice's mission statement prizes patient comfort, fostering anxiety-free dentistry through an unhurried pace and step-by-step communication—whether cleaning chompers, straightening smiles with ClearCorrect aligners, or performing oral surgery. Dr. Skees believes in educating patients to take better care of their teeth, even sharing her expertise over the airwaves as the exclusive dentist on the Body Talk radio show on 970 AM WGTK.
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets has always been ahead of its time. Founders Rob and Pumpkin Auerbach have sold all-natural supplements and organic food for more than 35 years—starting well before many Americans had even heard of such nutritious goodies as wheatgrass or fruit. "My father always said that they opened the store about 10 years too early for the area," daughter and COO Summer Auerbach told Vitamin Retailer in 2012, when the publication named Rainbow Blossom Retailer of the Year. But when world-famous rock bands began touring around Louisville, they relished Rainbow Blossom's wholesome pastas, produce, and macrobiotic and vegetarian cuisine, boosting the revenue and reputation of the mom-and-pop grocery and helping it expand to its present-day network of five locations.
Today, the family-run enterprise enjoys an avid following from health-conscious customers who stock up on organic dairy, produce, and veggie burgers or enrich their diets with nutritional bars, supplements, and vitamins. Plant extracts and amino acids keep bodies in healthful balance, and shelves full of naturally derived cosmetics, bath products, and housewares keep homes free from harsh chemicals and damaging pollutants.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
As a family-owned-and-operated business, Mike Best’s prides itself on serving the Louisville community fresh, hand-cut meats as well as cooked foods and smokehouse items. Cold-cut deli sandwiches include the Braunschweiger ($3.25), ham salad ($4.25), hard salami ($4), and pimento cheese ($3.50), and can be sliced in half and paired with a cup of soup ($4.50). Specialty sandwiches offer a more tantalizing taste of options like the Reuben (specially grilled corned beef on rye with sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island or hot mustard, $6.25); barbecue wrap (mild or spicy pulled pork and homemade slaw in a flour tortilla, $5.25); and grilled ham and cheese on white, wheat, or rye ($5). For the indecisive, daily plate lunches ($8) are a solid bet, with options such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans (Thursday), and meatloaf with green beans and mac 'n' cheese (Monday). Mike Best’s also offers an assortment of handmade sausages, soups, and sides such as steamed cabbage and deviled eggs.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Saigon Cafe treats its guests to a smorgasbord of delectable dishes from all over the world, including savory Vietnamese pho soups, diverse Chinese stir-fries, and colorful Thai curries. Guests pair their dishes of clay-pot fish stews or lemongrass chicken and vermicelli with Vietnamese coffee or Asian and European beers.