Tables that can accommodate big groups and cozy, home-cooked meals evoke a sense of camaraderie inside Old School Cafe. Chicken noodle soup, reuben sandwiches, creamy mac and cheese, and biscuits galore populate tables. A giant burger stacked high with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce is held together by a steak knife stabbed through its middle. The creative endeavors continue with desserts, including bear-shaped cookies and cupcakes topped with maple bacon or toasted marshmallows.
Symmetry is a one-stop shop for all things healthy living. Here, the staff treats physical ailments and dietary deficiencies with massage, chiropractic services, colonics, and nutrient-rich foods. They stock their shelves with bulk herbs, supplements, massage tools, and their own brand of essential oils and perfumes, which can help you feel more relaxed than a sloth in a bubble bath. They also cultivate several garden towers and a 3-acre plot of land dedicated to growing fresh produce, located just 2 miles from the store.
Recently, they expanded their array of services with the Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar, where staffers churn organic, local fruits and veggies into juice and smoothies. In addition to selling their concoctions individually, they also develop menus for juice cleanses. They've received much positive feedback on the new beverage bar and have had clients integrate their creations into doctor-prescribed treatment plans for diseases such as cancer.
Though the experts at Studio Green are duly concerned with the appearance of split ends, aging skin, and unwanted hair, an even greater concern is with the effects of harsh chemicals on clients' skin, hair, and environment. That's why their 2,000-square-foot salon is solely stocked with vegan and organic hair products, including hair color that's been certified cruelty-free by PETA. The team of stylists tends to tresses more gently and ethically with formaldehyde-free serums, sugar scrubs, and gentle dyes. The aestheticians, for their part, can help clients to curate at-home beauty routines with a collection of organic serums by Éminence and Surface.
In 2006, chef Kristie's culinary reality flipped upside down. She tried a recipe for a vegan "cheese" dip, and the result tasted better than any real cheese dip she’d ever had. Excited by the realization that healthier plant products could outshine animal-based ingredients when processed creatively, she felt compelled to reinvent the meaty meals of her childhood under vegan standards.
After culling ideas from her collection of more than 62 vegan cookbooks, developing her own recipes, and shrinking two aprons by accidentally putting them in the oven, Kristie founded My Veggie Chef to cater to the growing meat- and dairy-free community in Nashville. The business delivers a week’s worth of healthy vegan meals, frozen and preportioned, to doorsteps every Sunday. Each entree kit’s prechopped ingredients arrive in BPA-free freezer bags with instructions on how to assemble the complete meal. Filling dishes such as Cajun black-eyed-pea cakes with lemon-caper rémoulade and a gluten-free kung pao rice burst with meat-free flavor, though omnivorous families can easily add a lean meat.
Though native to New England, Sean and AmyJo headed south to Tennessee when they decided to open a restaurant in warmer climate. Though today they look like naturals, they weren't always restaurateurs: Sean was a decorated police officer—a "copper"—for nearly two decades, and AmyJo once ran a breeding program for ponies and small horses. Both those passions are immortalized in their restaurant's name: Copper Pony Grille. Sean and AmyJo's Northeast roots really show in dishes such as chowder and fish and chips, while their other signature dishes include vegan and vegetarian pastas as well as steaks and a charbroiled beef burger topped with bacon mac 'n' cheese.
There's something missing from Sukka Deli's kitchen—a deep frier. Instead of dropping fatty or frozen foods into vats of hot grease, the cooks use the best nutritional methods to prepare healthy international meals, such as oven grilled chicken drumsticks, flavored rice dishes, tikka paninis, and green salads. They compliment their globally-inspired food with fresh juices.