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.
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.
Fitness retreats have come a long way since they days when they were the exclusive territory of high-powered celebrities and the old-guard elite. Now, thanks to the help of gurus like Don Miguel, these wellness-oriented escapes welcome a wider audience while retaining their air of exclusive luxury. Don Miguel whips visiting travelers and native Dallasites alike into shape with intimate boutique-style fitness retreats that focus on weight loss and full-body conditioning. Each day, Don Miguel's Fitness spices up group workouts with Zumba or belly-dancing classes, as well as morning and evening yoga sessions. Don also leads guided hikes through the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, a patch of densely forested land a few miles outside of downtown. When he’s not leading these treks or demonstrating an exercise, Don’s hard at work as the CEO of the Fit-for-Me Foundation, an organization that advocates youth fitness and wellness programs.
Participants jump-start weight-loss goals by following a four-day juice cleanse, which involves drinking plenty of fresh-pressed juices before and after each activity. In the evenings, they’ll retire to deluxe suites with a queen bed, free WiFi, and views of the city at the Belmont Hotel, where they can relax or work up a night sweat during optional dream workouts. On the day of your choice, a licensed massage therapist will be on hand to help improve circulation and alleviate muscle fatigue with a 30-minute massage.
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.