Health 1st Wellness Center may not look much like a doctor's office—there's a noticeable lack of needles, medicine vials, and nurses chasing down patients—but Dr. Mike Lewis completely devotes himself to making his patients feel better. Instead of relying on conventional medical methods that cure symptoms, Dr. Lewis looks for the source of the pain and, in doing such, aims to preempt any future relapses.
Once he's uncovered the causes of patients' pain through his thorough exams, Dr. Lewis goes to work with an array of non-invasive treatments. Here, old meets new, as traditional spinal adjustments and acupuncture pair up with modern technology. For instance, he uses lasers to relieve internal soreness without breaking the skin, and he uses the computerized Z-Grav machine to gently elongate the spine by removing pressure, weight, and its fear of being allowed on a roller coaster.
In 1963, lifelong friends Billy Long and Frank Scott Jr. uprooted themselves from their Virginia homes and plotted a 100-acre farm in central Florida. In the half-century since, as most independent farms have been sold to ruthless rabbits, Long & Scott Farms has stayed in the family, expanding to a prosperous 1,200 acres brimming with Zellwood sweet corn, pickled cucumbers, and cabbage. Each fall, the farm cultivates a new corn maze to complement a 60-foot slide, hayrides, and another maze made from more than 1,000 ligustrum trees. The farm's country cafe offers breakfast and lunch, and the nearby market and produce club feature locally grown produce as well as Long & Scott's own line of jellies, syrups, jams, and relishes.
The creative culinarians at Fountain Café rely on fresh, locally sourced ingredients when possible to put a healthy spin on American home-style fare. Early rising diners can fuel up for a day of paper filing and minesweeping with a hearty full order of biscuits and gravy ($3.95) or a parfait of yogurt, granola, and fruit ($5.50). The cinnamon-infused french toast ($4.95) offers a sweet early morning surprise, like a litter of puppies sharing your bed. Silence the afternoon outcries of grumbling tummies with a Reuben sandwich ($6.95), grilled tomato and cheese ($3.25), or very veggie wrap ($4.95). Rotating daily lunch specials ($8.25), such as baked ziti, beef brisket, and stuffed peppers, celebrate the distinctiveness of individual weekdays often overlooked outside of calendar factories. Guests can also opt to swap in gluten-free bread (add $1) with most breakfast and lunch entrees.
With 35 years of experience, the medical staff at Progressive Wellness Center leads patients in reimagining their current state of health. Weight-loss programs centered around HCG help clients turn bulky bodies into slimmer, stronger silhouettes, and aesthetic injectables work to tighten slack skin or shoo spider veins from appendages. Alternatively, IV nutritional therapy invigorates the body's absorption of nutrients and the brain's absorption of the subtext in the last episode of Barney and Friends. To keep patients happy and relaxed before and after appointments, Progressive Wellness Medical Center maintains comfortable seating and a café area stocked with healthful shakes, as well as organic coffee and green tea.
International Food Club recruits fresh and packaged cuisine from more than 20 countries across the globe. The store aisles are arranged by country of origin: customers can traipse down the British aisle for tea and biscuits, or nab guava jam and hot sauce from the Caribbean section. Middle Eastern staples make up the store?s most robust aisles, granting U.S. palates brief reprieves from licking American-flag stamps in favor of sweet halva, fragrant spices, and couscous. That focus extends to the caf?, where chefs roll falafel and gyro meat in pita bread with sides of hummus and tabbouleh along with other menu items.
Vintage Lounge lives up to its name by rivaling the classically upscale atmospheres found at clubs in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, plus, the space is outfitted with vintage-style decor, including chandeliers and tufted banquettes. The lounge feels quite large thanks to 22-foot ceilings, but it is also wonderfully intimate with small seating areas around candlelit tables. Larger groups would do well to reserve one of the VIP tables, which include bottle service and a robot butler named Sinclair. In between whispering with a paramour, guests can dance with friends to tunes spun by resident DJs FreeFall and Magic Mike.