Kalamazoo Olive Company supplies a venerable variety of gourmet goods ranging from luxuriously smooth olive oils to tangy tapenades and gastronome-gratifying dips. As you jauntily peruse the open storefront, stop at each tasting station to sample one of Kalamazoo’s opulent oils. A mildly fruity yet peppery Chilean arbequina olive oil ($14.95 for a 375 ml bottle) tastes heavenly atop fresh, warm bread, while the basil-infused Tunisian chemlali olive oil ($15.95 for a 375 ml bottle) adds a nice zip to homemade hummus and pasta dishes. The roasted garlic oil ($15.95 for 375 ml) will help you determine which guests at your next dinner party are secretly vampire gourmands, and the small-batch pressed walnut olive oil ($12.95 for 200 ml) adds a nutty decadence to the dull sanity of everyday dishes. Decadent dips include the sesame-honey-mustard dip, the champagne-garlic-mustard dip, and the roasted-pineapple-and-habanero dip (all $9.95), the latter of which packs the sweet-and-spicy balance of a mama's-boy punk rocker. Otherwise, splash a taste of tart with a traditional 18-year aged balsamic vinegar ($19.95 for 375 ml) or attempt one of the fruit-fused white balsamic varieties such as peach, coconut, or pineapple (all $11.95 for 375 ml). Pasta sauces and cheese balls are also available to try on a daily basis.
Captained and staffed by running enthusiasts, American Running Company's foot connoisseurs assess individual gaits and equip each one with a pair of healthy shoes, from top-name brands such as Vibram FiveFingers and Zoot. The men’s Newton Gravity trainers ($175) chew up long distances with fore foot cushioning designed to maximize propulsion without strapping on pair of shoe jetpacks. Compensate for severe overpronation with the women’s Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS 2 shoes ($120) or smooth milder stride flaws with the men’s Asics Gel Tarther ($90), designed for racing any distance, from 1-mile jaunts to cross-continental bear escapes.
Though the colorfully packaged products at International Food Mart may seem like those of any neighborhood grocery, a simple perusal of their labels reveal a much wider world beyond its shelves. The store carries oils and coffees from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, along with a selection of fresh produce, meats, and fish that've flown themselves across the ocean from far-away lands. Many ingredients find their way into the staff's Middle Eastern and Vietnamese carryout meals, such as falafel wraps, lo mein noodle dishes, and pork egg rolls.
In business since 1969, Ice Cold Air pioneered automotive air conditioning in the Florida area and today provides repair and maintenance services at more than a dozen locations across central Florida. In addition to comprehensive car care, the staff at each facility is committed to providing superior customer service, a fact that is evident from a 97.3% customer-satisfaction rating based on customer-submitted surveys. The team achieves this rating by going above and beyond friendly service, offering intermittently scheduled seminars on vehicular maintenance, free AC and brake checks, and, at some locations, the opportunity for customers to provide their own car parts and gremlin-repellant air fresheners.
Each Eye Doctor’s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop’s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp’s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call. Doctors can also help patients select the right contact lenses from brands such as Acuvue and Bausch & Lomb.
With nearly 30 years of glass industry experience, professional artist Kathleen leads students of all levels in creating works of art. Her classes—which are kept small to allow for individualized attention—teach the basics of stained glass, fused glass, and mosaics, as well as creating jewelry items such as beads and pendants. Kathleen can also be commissioned to create custom pieces, such as church windows and stained glass doors.