Cured meats line the wall of Beef Jerky Outlet, a Concord shop that hosts a varied kingdom of beef jerkies, deep-fried peanuts, jerky seasonings and cures, and more. Meat suitors can freely enlist the courtship of the cherry-maple turkey jerky ($6.99/4 oz.), honey-barbecue beef jerky ($6.99/4 oz.), or teriyaki jerky ($6.99/4 oz.). Or spicy up a meal or daily vitamin intake with Carolina Blues hot sauce ($6.49, mild or hot), Dave's Insanity Sauce ($7.95), or Satan's Blood ($19.99). Beef Jerky Outlet also supplies at-home flavor mavens with seasoning and cures, such as the barbecue-bourbon jerky cure ($6.99).
Simply Divine Sweets owner Yaschica Sloan-Mills believes her purpose in life is to make others happy with her treats. A few years ago, she began doing just that while selling desserts to her family, friends, and coworkers. Soon, though, with the opening of her shop, it was more than just Yaschica's loved ones and acquaintances reaping the benefits of her devotion to decadence. At Simply Divine, Yaschica bakes every cupcake from scratch and presents batches in an artful, sophisticated manner. She also offers a wide range of gourmet flavors, from cherry vanilla to Kickin' key lime.
Terrace Café is a locally owned eatery and drinkery that recently extended its breakfast and lunchtime services to include the hours and delights of dinner. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offer creative variety, featuring fresh ingredients, healthy recipes (items marked with a "Y" denote a YMCA nutritionist's approval), and enjoyable menu items for both kids and adults trapped in children's bodies due to a worldview-expanding body-swap plotline.
The interior of The Nut House eschews padded walls in favor of countless transparent bins showing off vibrant dried mango slices ($4.59 per pound), glistening chocolate-covered gummy bears ($7.99 per pound), and more. Take home any item by its lonesome or pick up a gift basket perfect for any birthday or traffic-court appeal, featuring festive seasonal candies. Any day now, the holiday bunny could be sliding down a chimney near you. Greet the long-eared sage with a plentiful bounty of nutrient-rich nuts like hearty whole cashews ($8.59 per pound) or crisp almonds ($6.99 per pound). Full of "the good fat" and loaded with energizing protein, nuts are a heart-healthy way to muffle grumbling stomachs in between meals and enhance any salad or bowl of oatmeal with a piquant flavor-enhancer that'll help you stay satisfied longer. Other options include My Color M&Ms—sorted into single colors ($11.99 per pound)—to coordinate with the palette of weddings, holidays, and sports teams.
The non-traditional bar food menu features a variety of apps, salads, sandwiches, and build-your-own burgers and quesadillas. Your Groupon can be used toward anything non-alcoholic on the menu, but does not include the chicken wings, as they are harvested from rare flying chickens and therefore cannot be legally discounted. Start with bacon and asparagus frites served with house avocado-ranch dressing ($6.50) or a cup of big, bad Corey's chili ($4.95). Lettuce lovers will go green with joy for salad selections including the toasted walnut and pear with blue cheese served with white-balsamic vinaigrette ($8.95). Build your own burger, starting with the basic hand-pattied burger ($6.50), and then add your choice of free toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles) and non-free toppings, like chili, fried egg, or blue-cheese crumbles ($0.25–$0.75). The custom build-a-dilla ($5.50) gets the same treatment with the extra bonus of adding additional meats ($1.25–$1.50).
Healthy Home Market, like a Johnny Appleseed minus the questionable vagabond image, spreads health products throughout the Charlotte area. Delve into FruitaBü dried-fruit snacks, available in a variety of flavors ($4.31 for eight in the 0.4-ounce size), or re-enact your favorite Saved by the Bell emotional breakdown with an array of vitamin options, with Garden of Life vitamins for both men and women ($39.95 for 120 capsules). Healthy Home Market has grocery items such as cereal, snacks, and granola bars from Garden of Life, while deep-sea-diving daredevils can unwind with a medicinal tea from Daily Detox ($9.95 for 30 bags).