A refreshing reminiscence of apothecaries past, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy boasts face-to-face customer care. In the business for more than 22 years, Amin Amireh runs his shop and showers the community with the products and knowledge necessary for maintaining good health. While not valid for prescriptions, sniffle sufferers, headache harborers, and tablet jugglers can browse a complete line of over-the-counter medicines ($3–$15), as well as homeopathic remedies. A range of specially designed wellness products, such as Dr. Comfort shoes, assist customers with diabetes and other ailments, and general accessories, including handbags and wallets ($20–$65) complement bodily health with aesthetic homeostasis.
Customers at Caldwell Seafood Market & Cafe can take home morsels of fresh raw seafood handpicked daily from the Fulton Fish Market or sit down to sample the cafe’s menu of chef-prepared gourmet fare. At the market, adopt a fresh pound of plump pink shrimp, a heavy slab of Norwegian salmon, or a gaggle of glistening sea scallops to take home and cook for an evening feast. Prices for raw seafood vary daily depending on each variety’s market value and the number of engagement rings it swallowed before being caught. Then sidle up to the cafe to sample prepared fare such as grilled rainbow trout sprinkled in Cajun seasoning ($17.95) or the combo platter, on which a 4-ounce fillet bundled in breading beds down with three large fried shrimp, three jumbo sea scallops, and a teddy bear named Eddie ($19.95).
To commemorate myriad occasions, Fruit Basket King nestles fruit, nuts, chocolate, and baked goods in themed wicker baskets dressed up with ribbons and bows. The Baby Carriage package, complete with stuffed teddy bear, lemon straws, and almond tea cookies, commemorates the arrival of a bouncing baby boy or girl, and the New Home gift box celebrates baby's first mortgage with cookies, milk chocolate, and butter-toffee pretzels. Each basket is made to order and can be delivered with a handwritten gift card.
Headquartered in a quaint storefront in Teaneck and voted (201) magazine’s 2011 Best of Bergen Best-Kept Secret, Picklelicious sells homemade New York–style pickles and other gourmet treats. Owner Robyn Samra hand-packs the shop's pickles using local ingredients such as New Jersey–grown cucumbers and the spirit of Bruce Springsteen. Customers can shop online or stop by in person to stock up on the veggies formerly known as cucumbers, along with other tangy preserved goodies. Stick to the classics with a quart of kosher dills ($10), accessorize burgers with a pint of sweet pickle chips ($7), or punish rebellious taste buds with a quart of hot and spicy pickles ($10). Picklelicious also offers up gourmet olives, sauces and dips, penny candy, and gift baskets, and treats all guests to a free pickle-on-a-stick on Sundays.
A&A Fine Foods, which first opened its doors in 1992, helps customers line their pantry shelves or banquet tables with gourmet comestibles the likes of meat, bread, cookies, olive oil, cheese, and pasta. Behind gleaming display cases of hormone-free chicken and Boar's Head meats, A&A's butchers prepare homemade italian sausage and slice marbled cuts of grass-fed beef with the steady hands of a brain surgeon playing Jenga. The deli's staff can accommodate lunchtime cravings or catering requests by ladling bowls of house-made soups out of its percolating cauldrons and crafting hearty sandwiches or wraps with such ingredients as grilled eggplant and imported provolone.
At Cafe Caffe Gourmet, chefs put an American spin on a number of culinary genres to create diner-style entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Named after U.S. cities and states, burgers rise like edible skyscrapers to accommodate 8-ounce Angus patties and toppings such as crumbled blue cheese, garlic aoli, or caramelized onions. Alongside the marble-and-wood coffee bar, guests can sip espresso drinks and munch classic griddle cakes and eggs. The restaurant touts its dinner buffet, an all-you-can-eat feast open throughout the day and stationed prominently in the cheerful yellow dining room. A row of sconces add a warm ambiance to the restaurant, illuminating menus and love letters spelled out in fettuccine.