Dissick Medical Associates' skilled physician works to erase spider veins during sclerotherapy treatments that use hypertonic saline solution and cause minimal pain. After chatting with clients about which pair of veins to treat, the licensed pro injects blood highways with a specialized hypertonic saline that attacks the disfiguring cells and tacky wallpaper lining the inside of unwanted vessels. Debris and platelets create clots, fostering the body’s ability to paint over unsightly spider lines with fresh, new tissue. Each 30-minute session can typically treat uncomplicated spider veins less than one millimeter in diameter, and two to six treatments are recommended for best results. Dissick's all-women staff undergoes extensive training in medical assisting and technology to ensure treatments go smoother than a jazz musician's trip down a water slide.
Mike Montella was not always called Mr. Fish. Though he spent years serving as an advisor to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and as a charter-boat captain, the moniker crept up on him slowly as he dreamt of opening his own gourmet seafood shop to fill a void in the local market.
Now in business for more than 25 years, Montella's Mr. Fish brand continues to purvey the freshest seafood, including native stone crabs, lobster, and salmon. Recently joined by trained chef Mrs. Fish, the company has also started to supply a line of prepared foods, sauces, and condiments to complement the oceanic proteins. Additionally, the Fish in a Flash delivery division packs and ships orders to the doors of families and restaurants overnight.
Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
Flamingo Road Nursery owner Jim Dezell is used to the surprise on people's faces when they come to the nursery for the first time. "People commonly come in and say, ‘Wow, I never knew there was a garden center like this,’" he says. Maybe they're wowed by the park-like landscaping, complete with display gardens designed to inspire shoppers with ideas for plant combinations. Maybe they're blown away at the fountains, statues, and thousands of pieces of pottery. Or maybe they've just seen the pond surrounded by colorfully painted "shops" and palm trees. It's a "true experience" that's as much about shopping as it is about creating "memory and traditions", wrote Today's Garden Center in 2011, when it picked Flamingo Road Nursery as the most revolutionary garden center in the nation.
In addition to helping shoppers navigate the selection of flowers, trees, and other plants, the knowledgeable staff can also help them complete landscaping projects with outdoor artwork, waterfalls, and more. "It's professional advice here," says Jim. "We really try to understand our customers' needs and offer solutions that will both excite them and provide long-term enjoyment." He even recommends people bring in dimensions and photos of their space so the staff can get a better idea of what will grow well there. Flamingo Road Nursery offers delivery and complete installation services. Other garden-centric items, such as fountains and colorful adirondack furniture, give customers more chances to enjoy their outdoor living spaces.
The nursery also hosts an on-site Farmers Market shop, which hosts a large assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods—some of the produce is even picked at the nursery itself. On the weekends, a beekeeper visits the store to explain how bees make honey to visiting kids, using the in-store observation beehive as a teaching tool. The nursery holds seasonal celebrations as well, including an annual fall festival with pumpkin patch and a Christmas festival replete with sleigh rides, Santa visits, and a Christmas tree forest.
Founded in 2004 by physical therapist Darlene Wooldridge, Back to Health has since more than tripled its staff to better help patients eliminate pain, restore function, and foster general fitness and well-being. The bilingual therapists help revitalize bodies and spines with everything from therapeutic yoga classes to the use of MedX equipment—machines designed to target specific lumbar and cervical muscles through isolated strengthening.