Green Buffalo Food Company lets customers avoid the grocery-store rigmarole by gracing doorsteps with certified organic and locally grown fruits and veggies that are free from harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and GMOs. Each week, clients choose their favorite seasonal veggies and fruits, which they can eat solo or use to create crowd-pleasing and wholesome meals from Green Buffalo Food Company’s regular recipe suggestions. Every box full of healthful, delicious greens and fruits feature items from area farms such as Fossil Creek Farms, Triple V Ranch, and Fiddletown Bakery and help customers connect their diets to the earth without munching on a gob of molten mantle.
Green Buffalo Food Company keeps a close eye on its chain of supply to keep up its commitment to sustainability. The company uses the shortest routes possible for deliveries and cuts down on wastefulness by using recyclable packing materials and composting organic waste.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
Advanced Eye Care combines the warmth of a small, local business with the high-tech eye care services and upscale inventory of a larger company. Doctors Harve Thompson and Michael J. Keating fit patients for contact lenses, consult for LASIK procedures, and guide customers through the extensive lineup of frames. That includes a collection of unique, hard-to-find frames, up to two-thirds of which are handmade by master craftsmen. Other options include bold, colorful pieces and stately, smart-looking shades from designers such as Anne et Valentin, Oliver Peoples, Maui Jim, and Barton Perreira, all of which are chosen for their superior durability, style, and sense of humor.
Composed of a small group of cycling enthusiasts, The Cycologist specializes in customizing and maintaining commuter, racing, and off-road bikes, as well as repair and fitting services. Snap up a retro Marin Drake's Beach 3-speed to cruise in two-wheeled fashion ($409.99), or contribute to your junior's jubilance by showing them how to ride on a Marin MBX 50, complete with training wheels ($219.99). The Cycologist even offers one year of free adjustments with the purchase of any new bike, helpful for when an 11-year-old grows 9 inches and four mustaches over the course of 36 hours.
Brave New Wheel's passionate bike people perform meticulous feats of maintenance, customization, and repair work in a shop lined with new and vintage bikes. During the basic tune-up, the shop's experienced bike whisperers change the oil before the oil changes them and then rotate the tires to ensure even wear. The service then concludes with an all-over polish, leaving the cycle as shiny as a freshly minted nickel dipped in a puddle of stars.