At Watch Ya Fingas, owner and cooking expert Sheila Turrentine cures feverish hungers with a mountainous menu of from-scratch barbecue meats, flaky catfish, and bountiful sides. Inside the family-friendly, casual diner illuminated by broad windows, Sheila and her grill masters barbecue whole chickens, sausage and beef by the pound, and ribs, searing savory flavors into each entree before it's joined by cornbread or wedged between thick slices of regular bread. The diner’s signature fried catfish joins collard greens and a slice of peach cobbler for a meal more southern than Antarctican cuisine.
On Aquaponics and Earth’s sustainable farm, tilapia pools teeming with fish come up against rows of organic plants, which they hydrate via the farm’s energy-efficient growing and waste-recycling system. Founders and aqua-farmers John and Teresa Musser began experimenting with high-yield aquaponics in response to the crushing poverty they saw abroad and invented much of the equipment and methods they use in the search for a sustainable, affordable system they could share with the world. The Mussers have worked around the globe in orphanages and small villages since 1979 but began shifting their focus to infrastructure and education work to bring easy-to-learn agricultural techniques to impoverished areas.
The Mussers maintain their DeSoto farm not only to grow food, but to act as an educational resource for people who want to observe their methods and build their own aquaponics systems. Their organic microfarm, populated by rabbits, goats, microcows, and vermicomposting bins, harvests hundreds of pounds of produce each year on minimal substrate. Inspired by their frantic efforts one year to absorb a surplus of produce, the Mussers lead regular canning classes where students learn the proper ways to can seasonal veggies, meats, and blown kisses.
Chef Tam spent years in the beauty industry before she finally entered the family business: food. Like the generations before her, she became a chef, driven by fond memories of a childhood spent in the kitchen. Having rekindled a passion for comfort food, she opened Chef Tam's Meals 2 Go, and now ships her comfort cuisine all across the country. Ready-made meals include her signature herb-butter tilapia with dirty rice, meatloaf with green beans, and chicken-fried chicken with roasted potatoes, as well as specialized meal plans that are low in fat or high in protein. Chef Tam also passes on her knowledge during classes, which may cover recipes for pasta, pan-Asian classics, hors d'oeuvres, or baked goods.
At Barks and Bubbles, scruffy pooches are transformed into well-groomed pups with an array of specialty grooming services. Clients can use the facility’s amenities for a do-it-yourself wash, or requisition a skilled tech for more complicated services such as a dog haircut, nail clipping, or flea and tick prevention. The store also pampers canines with a large inventory of brand-name and hand-made dog apparel and accessories.
Solutions Health & Rehabilitation counsels patients on the path towards both physical and mental health. Therapists guide physical recovery from auto accidents or workplace accidents, helping patients recover and build the strength to return to form. Massage therapists ease common aches and pains in the neck, back, or hips, while counseling services tackle issues such as battering intervention and anger management issues.