For the past 15 years, Oviedo and Port St. John Eye Care's knowledgeable staff—led by board-certified optometrists Dr. Robert S. Webster and Dr. Stephen J. Thomas—has been striving to treat each patient that walks through their doors like family. They do so by taking the time to learn each patient's history, which helps them better assess ocular conditions during preliminary tests, visual-acuity and refraction measurements, and eye-health evaluations. Once prescriptions are known, the staff helps patients sort through over 1,000 frames, including high-end brands such as Gucci and Vera Wang, to find their ideal match. The staff shows equal love for the environment by taking on green initiatives, such as switching to all-natural cleaners, using recyclable polyethylene bags, and declaring fern the new pink.
Owner Mary Myers believes in sharing the gift of movement with everyone. She offers dance and music instruction to students of all abilities and helms sessions specifically catered to autistic and hearing-impaired students. At her family-run studio, students sample different flavors of the diverse class offerings, from the peppy steps of merengue to the honky-tonk struts of line dancing. She also leads a variety of dance-fitness classes to help students carve off calories with sessions such as belly dance and Flamenco Fit. Further fostering patrons' passion for beats, the instructors teach introductory violin lessons and music theory to help students unravel the complexities of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
At Oktoberfest, located amid the historic buildings and tree-lined corridor of Brevard Avenue, revelers clink steins full of imported German beer while noshing on authentic eats, listening to live music, and participating in a Hans & Franz look-alike contest. The Hoffbrauhaus beer garden's German vendors furnish vacant bellies with delicacies such as bratwurst with sauerkraut, candied apples, and potato bread dumplings, all prepared with locally grown ingredients when possible. Freshly lubricated gullets can then warble "Baby Got Back" during the yodeling contest or sing along to the live sounds of Vintage as fireworks explode in the background. A Miss Oktoberfest bikini pageant ensues at 11 p.m. to entrance ocular cavities like the pontifications of Nietzsche entrances a curious toddler.