Lobster tails. Clams by the half dozen. Crab legs by the pound. Piles of peel-and-eat shrimp. Each of these items could constitute a single main course in itself. At Knick Knacks, however, each natural, locally sourced catch is part of the same generous platter designed for two. The seafood distributor also dishes out more traditional meals, from baskets of fried fish or shrimp to mussels, clams, or crab legs paired with corn and potatoes.
New Heavenly Spa uses advanced technology to safely rejuvenate all skin tones and help patients achieve their ideal bodies. Aware that darker complexions can be more sensitive to lasers, technicians rely on a Candela module to smooth and depilate all skin tones. Several weight-management programs and dietary supplements help contour figures, and minimally invasive medical interventions such as beauty injections plump creases and flatten corduroy lines on faces. Together, medical-grade exfoliation treatments and massage services restore an even, healthy texture to skin all over the body. In the spa, a warren-like hallway leads toward private treatment rooms painted in muted pastels.
At Joe’s Music & Dance Academy, students of all ages benefit from expert instruction in a variety of instruments and dance styles. Teachers lead private lessons for instruments that range from piano and violin to guitar, bass, drums, voice, and most orchestral instruments. For aspiring Astaires, dance instructors helm programs for students of all ages in disciplines such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop, tap dance, and musical theater. Joe’s also offers students myriad opportunities to collaborate and perform together in the form of music and dance recitals, jazz ensembles, and workshops.
Helpful staffers advise customers and special-order products upon request at Health Bay Natural Foods. The shop's owner draws upon 20 years of experience in the health-food industry to cull a selection of products that includes edibles and supplements such as Carlson’s omega-3 fish oil ($43.99 for 500 mL), which boosts immune systems with fatty acids. Just as the unpleasantness of aging balances out the joy of birthday pony rides, Solgar multivitamins ($18.99/60) bring skewed diets into karmic sync. Net-RX whey protein ($19.99 for 2 lb.) can help clients build muscle, and a varied stock of groceries helps clients create meals from healthy building blocks, including gluten- and wheat-free pastas, waffles, rice cakes, and breads. Shoppers can also drop by the in-store organic-juice bar to slam back shots of wheatgrass ($2/oz.), nurse a glass of carrot juice ($4 for 16 oz.), or sip on a protein shake ($6 for 16 oz.) to fuel endless hours of competitively lifting sacks of yams.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.