Hayes Meats & Gourmet Foods' epicurean grocers, in business since 1957 and winners of a 2012 Business Champion of the Year Award from the Business Resource Council of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, cull a wide selection of premium meats and eats from around the world. A selection of deli goods that includes gourmet salads and desserts elates incisors more easily than the wand of the Tooth Fairy. Customers can chomp on toothsome ensandwiched fare such as a Reuben loaded with corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, and surround sandwiches with an entourage of zesty coleslaw, fresh-fruit salad, and other sides. For heartier meals, diners can snag new york strip steaks, baby-back ribs, or slabs of prime rib precut into a variety of sizes, weights, and skyscraper prototypes. To fuel family gatherings and holiday-morning food fights, the shop also dispenses a slew of plattered fixings and appetizers.
Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar occupies a nautical-themed waterfront house, with life preservers hung from the ceiling and fishing trawlers right outside, reflecting a menu full of shellfish, fresh fish, and other fruits of the sea. Expert oyster shuckers sling raw or steamed bivalves by the platter ($9.25) or bucket ($31.99), accompanying them with a range of raw bar accouterments. Jumbo lump crab au gratin ($10.99) bakes sweet chunks of crab meat with four cheeses, served stuffed inside a hot sourdough loaf. The eatery's signature encrusted mahi mahi ($18.25), a savory slab of fresh fish baked in a secret blend of spices, pairs well with a salad ($5.99–$11.99). Customers who visit on Backward Day can start with homemade key-lime pie ($5.99), a sweet-tart treat piled with pillowy meringue.
Cattle, poultry, and rabbits mingle in the hay. Bakers stand proudly over their pies and cakes at display tables. Clown troupes tumble on a stage, and a 15-pound sweet potato lounges in the shade. The senses, nearly overwhelmed, dart from one place to the next at the Brevard County Fair in Wickham Park. The clamoring park seems to swell and fade from inside the whirring carts of roller coasters and the seats of a Ferris wheel; the people shrink until they look like tallish ants dressed up as people. The crowd flows to watch displays of skill at century-old 4-H events, traditional animal shows, archery tournaments, and other competitions. Adding twists of color alongside the tawny herds of livestock, recycled art and rain-barrel-painting exhibitions and displays of baked goods and preserves fill the air with the impressed chatter of judges, who are all professionals in their respective fields.Scents drift from a chili cook-off, where patrons purchase tasting tickets to sample dishes forged by local chefs and chili enthusiasts from fistfuls of spices and meats slow-cooked at a fire’s family reunion. On most days fair-goers can take camel rides or witness the antics of a one-man band, dance troupes, and the No Joe’s Clown Circus as they wander between the pavilion and main stage. Exhibits such as Milk Maker and There’s a Cow in My Truck let hands softened by typing on silk keyboards all week experience some of the satisfying vigor of agricultural work. Appetites can be sated with fair fare such as fried candy bars, brisket and pulled pork, and philly-cheesesteak sandwiches.
When Dr. Noah Herbert landed an internship with a chiropractor as a student, he thought of it only as a steppingstone to his traditional medical license. His once-clear path took an unexpected turn, however, when he witnessed the healing powers of chiropractic therapy firsthand. Shortly after completing his internship, Dr. Herbert shifted his career aspirations.
His subsequent years of studying chiropractic have certainly paid off: he now helms a team of skilled health practitioners, including a licensed massage therapist, at Synergy Wellness Chiropractic. Beyond spinal adjustments and massages, Dr. Herbert and his staff coach clients toward healthier lives with corrective exercises and nutrition advice that emphasizes the importance of vegetables and super-soldier serum in a balanced diet.
Led by Brian Baker, a 22-year painting veteran, the contractors at Bravo Painting, Inc. give homes and residential spaces a bright, new gloss, and thus a reason to stop pinning For Sale signs on each other’s backs. The contractors paint interiors and exteriors with equal parts professionalism and finesse, revitalizing faded colors and covering up blemishes to increase a building’s aesthetic and resale value. The team also offers pressure washing and small drywall repairs as well as concrete and wood-staining services, which can vivify patios, garages, and pool decks.
Cavallari Gourmet stocks kitchens with high-quality ingredients and beverages while smoothing over the travails of shopping with exemplary customer service. The store carries a wide selection of foodstuffs including an in-house line of sauces and toppings made with carefully vetted ingredients that—like releasing a wolverine in the dining room—add extra zest and excitement to every meal. Those whose hunger cannot be contained can fill their bellies as they shop, munching on a variety of gourmet sandwiches made fresh in-store, including the Cavallari Italian plied with Boar's Head ham, genoa salami, and hot cappy ($8.49), or the crab salad sub, chock full of toothsome, crustacean-flavored surimi ($7.99). Cavallari's large wine selection pairs vinous accompaniment with gourmet victuals. A spread of party platters provides preparation-free group nutrition, offering up a delectable variety of lunchmeats, veggies, and fruit. Most party platters are priced between $20 and $50 and feed 8 to 20 people, depending on size, appetite, and predilection for competitive eating.