Dubbed for a Revolutionary War hero, Elijah Churchill’s Public House awards stalwart appetites with a hearty menu of pub-style plates flanked with pints of bottomless soda. Pairs can shush stomach duets with forays into twin starters, exchanging coy glances over Pernod oysters slinking in the half shell behind spinach-panko veils, or plucking commas of Cajun-spiced shrimp from a bed of grammatically correct field greens. Tureens of authentic Guinness stew introduce turf-bound beef to a tide pool of Burgundy gravy, while stuffed sole platters pry eyes away from the crackling fireplace by juggling chunks of crab and scallop beneath drizzles of lemon pepper sauce.
The Ananda Center sends bodies floating along a river of centeredness and wellness through an eclectic selection of yoga and fitness classes. The experienced instructors lead classes of various intensities and forms of yoga, from beginner classes to vigorous Vinyasa, dispensing mind-body harmony to both veteran melody-makers and cacophonous upstarts.
1019 Cafe's vittle wizards fill their lunch and dinner menus with a selection of delectable dishes ranging from pasta and hamburgers to lobster tails and filet mignon. Noontime noshers can split starters such as garlic-and-oil steamed clams ($10) before wrapping hands around a marinated-steak sandwich slathered in melted mozzarella and flanked by french fries ($13). During dinner, majestic meal toppings hold court over a kingdom of sumptuous dishes, commanding an almond-crusted flounder to bow before a sweet mango salsa ($19), or a juicy 14-ounce filet mignon to dance under a drizzle of decadent mushroom-merlot sauce ($30). A low-carb menu keeps things lighter than a feather-filled balloon, and a kids’ menu satisfies the most petite of patrons.
While working together at a personal training facility, professional MMA fighter Jimmy Boudourakis and Chris Oddsen—a trainer with 10 years of experience—dreamed about one day opening their own business. After the establishment they worked for closed down, they brought Vincent DeRiso—a mixed-martial-arts student of Jimmy's—on board to realize their dream, eventually opening the doors to Northport’s MMA Fitness Center.
The trio of owners empathizes with the members who know they need a lifestyle change. This rings especially true for DeRiso, who—after being active all of his life and playing football—went through what he describes as “a rough patch,” hitting 290 pounds. With hard work and the right training, he dropped to 225 pounds and eventually became an MMA fighter. This mixture of empathy and diligence is the bedrock of their business model, which even extends to how they greet their patrons at the door. “The first thing we ask them is, ‘How has your day been?'” said DeRiso. And although the MMA workouts may be difficult, he says that they welcome people and video-game bosses of all fitness levels to attend, work hard, and challenge themselves.
One of the perks of the job for DeRiso is that they get to help kids develop good habits early on, including an overweight 15-year-old who dropped 20 pounds in his first month and impressed his coaches on his most recent football evaluation. The trainers offer classes to teenagers and kids to not only introduce them to mixed martial arts, but to also help them learn discipline in other areas of life. “We feel that kids should definitely learn discipline, because it's not just for the sport,” DeRiso said. “They also bring it back to home and school.”
The realization of Dr. Alan Sherr’s dream of a multidisciplinary holistic healthcare facility, Northport Wellness Center broadens the community’s understanding of big-picture health concerns with alternative therapies ranging from acupuncture and massage therapy to art psychotherapy and breast thermography. Trained practitioners develop whole-body health strategies, combining their talents in fields that, like freelance presidents, usually work independently of one another. The tranquil clinic combines medical precision with the sprawling corridors of its homey office, where keepers manage an online shop that peddles natural supplements, eco-friendly BioPosture bedding, and library-ready books and manuals.