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.
As a member of Urban Acres, members pick full, half, or mini shares of organic fruits and veggies. Urban Acres also sells locally grown grub to members and nonmembers alike at its Oak Cliff Farmstead, 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. Urban Acres also offers hands-on educational opportunities to learn about small-scale urban farming.
French gastronome Brillat-Savarin once said, “A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” Today’s Groupon makes sure your beautiful women all have two eyes. For just $15, you can get $35 worth of fromage, vin, charcuterie, and more at Scardello Artisan Cheese.
Even as a child, Monte Lue dreamed of moving to Texas and starting his own business. With some help from his wife, Patricia, and a little ingenuity when it came to the name, Monte did just that with Lue'isiana Po Boys. But Monte didn't just open the doors, kick back, and let a staff of chefs or sophisticated Rube Goldberg machines do all the work. He prepares every dish on the menu himself, including 10 different po boy sandwiches packed with jumbo shrimp, catfish, and oysters. Kicking up the authenticity by several degrees, Monte uses authentic po boy-grade french bread shipped in from the famed Gambino's Bakery. Though the po boys are the reigning royal family of the menu, Monte and Patricia make enough room for Creole and Cajun delight, such as the crawfish etouffee–savory crawfish cooked with fresh basil peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning.
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.