The resident smokehouse sages at Opa's Smoked Meats channel generations-old family recipes when concocting authentic German smoked-meat creations. Traditional smokehouse snacks such as beef and turkey jerky ($18.99) and dried sausage ($7.95/lb.) allow diners to sample tender cuts of meat without the hassle of finding a steak that cries at the end of Sleepless in Seattle. Spice up humdrum charcoal grills with jalapeño-cheese smoked sausage, which swaddles spicy peppers and aged cheddar cheese in a smoky overcoat ($4.69/lb.). Opa's whole smoked turkeys nicely complement a festive holiday feast ($2.89/lb.), and Oktoberfest celebrations are augmented with smoked boneless peppered hams ($4.79/lb.) stuffed into oversized beer steins.
The ice-cream churners and pastry producers at The Sweet Spot delight patrons with a myriad of homemade ice-cream flavors, made-to-order milkshakes, and freshly baked cupcakes. An icy glass tundra houses creamy concoctions, beckoning sweet-tooth jaws to descend to the floor in awe of traditional ice-cream flavors such as rich chocolate or fresh strawberry, as well as inventive taste creations, including cotton candy and tropical Caribbean. Gaggles of milkshake gulpers can choose the ice-cream flavor of their liking to morph into a thick and creamy milkshake, sating liquid appetites and exercising long-lost spaghetti-slurping skills. Festooned in bright colors and mounds of sugary frosting, a parade of cupcakes pleases a plethora of cravings, with flavors such as bubble gum and carrot cake, each perfectly shaped to be enjoyed without a fork or to be hurled at insolent garden gnomes.
Rolling In Thyme & Dough dishes out a savory menu of flavorful bistro fare concocted from a sunny spread of fresh ingredients. For breakfast, rouse porcine sleepers by ordering up a pig in a blanket ($3.50), or down the smoky chipotle baguette, with a fiery combination of egg, cheese, turkey bacon, and peppers that allows you to roar cartoon flames in the sun's cackling face ($5.35).
Beverly Crock and her daughters, Lauren and Shannon, are the family behind For Goodness Sake Natural Food Store. They stock familiar items such as bacon, as well as lesser-known products such as bioflavonoids—plant compounds believed to improve the skin's appearance. But if visitors aren't familiar with such items, it's not a problem. “We educate people,” Shannon explained to The NB Scene. “That comes naturally to me because I grew up this way and it is my lifestyle as well.”
Although the store's representatives happily guide patrons through their inventory, many of the store's products need no introduction. Rainbow-hued carrots and crisp sugar-snap peas beckon from their perches, and organic eggs come from Vital Farms, where chickens roam in pastures and take European vacations whenever they want. Additionally, at the juice bar patrons sip on nectars squeezed from the store’s organic produce.