Since 1954, Ray's Pharmacy has provided customers with prescription medicine, vaccinations, and trademark service at each location. Their team of expert pharmacists specializes in compounding, which is the practice of formulating customized medicines based on each client’s unique physiology. The full-service pharmacy not only fills prescriptions, but also provides free health information, a variety of immunizations, and home delivery for all medications.
Depending on the location, customers can stop by the gift store to pick up items such as scented candles, greeting cards, and Western–style apparel. An appointment-only gun department also outfits gun racks with high-quality shooters from makers such as Glock, Colt, and Smith & Wesson. Additionally, the Mansfield location houses a Suzy Q’s Soda Fountain & Grill, hearkening back to the days when customers could enjoy delicious soda and banana splits at their local drugstore and quarters still had Chester A. Arthur’s face on them.
Part-time personal chef Steven Bailey was growing tired of bland, industrially processed food. As detailed by D Magazine, Steven was determined to do something about his frustration, so he hit the road one weekend in his Volkswagen Rabbit and began scouring Texas farms and markets for fresher ingredients. The more organic, locally grown food he brought back, the more friends and neighbors started requesting some for themselves. The growing demand led Steven to start Urban Acres, where customers can track down organic produce, dairy, and grass-fed meats from local farmers and artisans who never use pesticides, hormones, artificial flavoring, or shoddy magnetic force fields.
Through the co-op, members pick up 15 or 30 pounds of organic fruits and veggies every other week at one of Urban Acre's 12 locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. Steven also sells locally grown grub to members and nonmembers alike at his Oak Cliff store, which D Magazine says "brings a bit of country to the big city." There, visitors can find shelves and counters fashioned from reclaimed wood, a bee colony on the roof, and produce snuggled in boxes of hay.
Owners Jolie and Ryan Stepp line Bedford Farmers' Market's shelves with fresh, locally grown produce and groceries as well as batches of their own homemade sauces and jams. Jars of mild and medium salsas ($4.99) teem with zesty tomatoes, and the atomic salsa's blend of fiery peppers infuses the condiment with more heat than the sun's romantic chemistry with the moon. Customers can season nachos with dollops of homemade guacamole ($5.99) or sup on a half-dozen of the market's renowned, hand-crafted tamales ($5.99). Cartons of 20 free-range eggs ($4.99) come from free-range chickens, which are raised humanely and unencumbered by unreasonably strict curfews.
Scardello’s nearly 150 artisan and farmstead cheeses from America and Europe clamor for inclusion in each Cheese of the Month Club package, the chosen few varying in style, texture, and region to delight mouths with unique seasonal flavors. Hand-selected each month, three artisan cheese breeds, many handcrafted on the same American or European farms where each cheese’s milk was produced, weigh a combined 1.5 pounds and boast a collective IQ of 126. Selections also spotlight Texan cheesemakers such as Caprino Royale, a sustainable microdairy in Waco that specializes in farmstead goat cheese. In-store pickup begins the first Friday of each month, with cheeses packaged with pairing notes that enable customers to complement each nibble with a profile-appropriate sip, snack, or lute-accompanied sonnet.
Doctor of Chiropractic Dylan Lin adjusts the spines of individuals of all age groups, from newborns just a few hours old to centenarians, and helps athletes such as Texas Rangers players improve their performance and chronic issues. Treatments take place in an office with an exterior that resembles a castle, its stone façade and pointed tower concealing a spacious facility in which Dr. Lin heals without drugs, surgery, or phoenix tears, but only with the most precise and specific chiropractic care.
A lifelong athlete, Dr. Lin has collected firsthand wisdom about physiology that he translates into a specialty in sports injury treatment and prevention. He also uses specific protocols to fix spinal misalignments, advises patients in good nutrition, and doles out corrective exercises to help patients gain an edge in sports performance or relieve chronic pain, migraines, sleeping problems, along with many other health issues.