Back in 1961, when it was known as Colonial Health, Nature's Pavilion was way ahead of its time. The store helped blaze the trail for yesterday's health nuts, who would sure enough turn into the trendsetters of today.?All of this is even more impressive considering the store has always stuck to the same mission, curating an inventory of groceries, supplements, and accessories designed to keep bodies healthy and happy. But Nature's Pavilion is more than just a retailer. The store is also a place where customers can seek out information during frequent seminars on subjects such as gluten-free eating and cooking without candy.
A&A Fine Foods, which first opened its doors in 1992, helps customers line their pantry shelves or banquet tables with gourmet comestibles the likes of meat, bread, cookies, olive oil, cheese, and pasta. Behind gleaming display cases of hormone-free chicken and Boar's Head meats, A&A's butchers prepare homemade italian sausage and slice marbled cuts of grass-fed beef with the steady hands of a brain surgeon playing Jenga. The deli's staff can accommodate lunchtime cravings or catering requests by ladling bowls of house-made soups out of its percolating cauldrons and crafting hearty sandwiches or wraps with such ingredients as grilled eggplant and imported provolone.
A refreshing reminiscence of apothecaries past, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy boasts face-to-face customer care. In the business for more than 22 years, Amin Amireh runs his shop and showers the community with the products and knowledge necessary for maintaining good health. While not valid for prescriptions, sniffle sufferers, headache harborers, and tablet jugglers can browse a complete line of over-the-counter medicines ($3–$15), as well as homeopathic remedies. A range of specially designed wellness products, such as Dr. Comfort shoes, assist customers with diabetes and other ailments, and general accessories, including handbags and wallets ($20–$65) complement bodily health with aesthetic homeostasis.
Stony Hill Farms traces its origins a generation back, to when owner Carol Davis's parents bought an idyllic 40-acre plot of New Jersey farmland. Where Carol spent her childhood milking cows, customers now wander through 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and stroll past garden benches laden with ornamental plants and flowers. Carol, her husband Dale, and their children carry on the family tradition of horticulture, helping clients select a rare, treasured orchid to decorate their home, or obtain a Community-Supported Agriculture membership to fill their pantries with local, seasonal produce. Families can also bond with a wealth of fun activities, such as winding through five different mazes in the fun park.
FruitFlowers’ unique edible bouquets delight eyes and stomachs in equal measure, arranging bright, daisy-shaped pineapple slices with cantaloupe centers and skewers of chocolate-dipped strawberries into reusable baskets and vases. Founders Susan Ellman and Ellen Davis began arranging slices of fresh fruit into floral shapes in 1984, working from their home kitchens. Since then, their artistic take on the fruit basket has become a popular way of both snacking and decorating, and their business has spread across the nation, much like the shadow cast by Godzilla as he crosses the ocean.
Customers at Caldwell Seafood Market & Cafe can take home morsels of fresh raw seafood handpicked daily from the Fulton Fish Market or sit down to sample the cafe’s menu of chef-prepared gourmet fare. At the market, adopt a fresh pound of plump pink shrimp, a heavy slab of Norwegian salmon, or a gaggle of glistening sea scallops to take home and cook for an evening feast. Prices for raw seafood vary daily depending on each variety’s market value and the number of engagement rings it swallowed before being caught. Then sidle up to the cafe to sample prepared fare such as grilled rainbow trout sprinkled in Cajun seasoning ($17.95) or the combo platter, on which a 4-ounce fillet bundled in breading beds down with three large fried shrimp, three jumbo sea scallops, and a teddy bear named Eddie ($19.95).