Charles Grim has always had an itch to help people; having spent time as both a math teacher and a youth counselor. In order to deepen his own ability to affect positive change, Dr. Grim has spent the past 30 years studying wellness techniques, focusing specifically on treatments for muscular and structural ailments. His efforts have landed him a wealth of experience and board certifications for extremity and sports adjusting. At Laser Wellness Center, he and his staff offer a menu of wellness services that places equal importance on chiropractic care, massage therapy, and noninvasive laser treatments.
Started as a fish-flinging pushcart in 1919, Ippolito's Seafood now fills its shop with fresh-caught fruits of the sea, as well as prepared pescatarian meals and more. Spring's seasonal species include buttery black cod (market price) and MSC–certified Alaskan and Canadian halibut (market price), known as the steak of fish for its firm flesh and gentle, bovine-like temperament. This monger's menu of ready-made morsels includes a Maine shrimp-roll sandwich ($6) and classic South Philly crabs and spaghetti ($10). The diabolical deviled-crab-stuffed flounder meal is consumed most effectively with a pitchfork and knife ($13), and the wild-caught jumbo-shrimp meal proudly models its plus-sized motorcycle jacket and chaps ($15).
Cornerstone Market & Produce taps into the orchards and ovens of the Philadelphia area to offer fresh produce and baked goods from local vendors such as Weavers Way. Cornerstone also sells assorted frozen items, including seafood from Otolith Seafood and Ben & Jerry's ice cream (they go surprisingly well together), as well as canned goods and cartonned essentials. And to cover your family's next birthday party or UN-sanctioned nuclear missile test, Cornerstone Market & Produce offers extensive catering options—including a deluxe sandwich platter ($8.95 per person) and a cheese platter of the mozzarella, brie, and cheddar variety ($49 for the ten person small order).
Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors, all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch, with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and turbinado sugar, to stay healthy and keep unruly, cell-sitting free radicals at bay. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. Brain-freeze chasers can customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the turbinado. Smoothie King complements its chilly selections with snacks, supplements, and healthy living advice, such as using a cell phone powered by good vibrations and marrying a vitamin tablet.
For nearly 100 years, hungry Philadelphians have turned to Cappuccio's Meats for their supper supplies. Opened by Domenico and Caterina Cappuccio in 1920 and now in its third generation of ownership, Cappuccio's sells fresh cuts of meat, but it's the homemade Italian sausage?more than 29 varieties, in fact?that's given Cappuccio's a reputation among Philly's best food vendors. In its Best of 2013 issue, Philadelphia magazine lauded the chicken sausages, especially the ones made with provolone and spinach. Staff from Cappuccio's can often be found grilling and selling their sausage at local festivals, including a booth at the annual Italian Market Festival in May, drawing visits from famous fans including Frankie Avalon and Jerry Blavat eager to autograph the sausage with their teeth.
Catering to all the grocery needs of its Northern Liberties neighborhood residents, Palm Tree Market packs its shelves. There are all manner of canned goods, paper products, cleaning supplies and packaged staples like pasta, rice and bread. But this is more than just a big bodega; a deli counter supplies Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, which can be sliced to order and taken home, or layered into a sandwich on site, which go perfectly with a rotation of fresh soups. Refrigerator and freezer cases hold everything from ice cream to frozen dinners to prepared salads, and sit alongside a small selection of fresh produce. Grab a coffee, sit at one of the two bistro tables in the front window and watch the action on North Second Street, or peruse the listings on the community bulletin board.