The Dream Dinners experience is like a cross between a barn raising and a bar crawl, minus the alcohol and hard labor. After you choose from a rotating menu of up to 17 dishes per month, you schedule a spot at one of Dream Dinners' fun and easy preparation sessions. During the sessions, many have been known to dance between food stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their families' meals for the month. After your session, take the uncooked meals home to your freezer and prepare them nightly for no-thought-required, delicious meals that'll keep you healthy, full, and free to think about times tables and monkey rentals on your daily commute. The succulent menu items will fool even the most fastidious foodies into thinking you slaved over the stove to prepare such deliciously complex dishes as cider-braised pork chops, garlic-balsamic–marinated steak, and creamy chicken-chipotle ravioli. Dazzle your dining-room table with fancy restaurant fare or serve up casual and comfort foods full of flavor, like sage-crusted pork chops and Tuscan chicken with fettuccine.
Family owned and operated since 1985, Al’s Delicious Popcorn has been nurturing baby kernels into tasty, popped morsels of alternately sweet and salty deliciousness for 25 years. While factory-made popcorn traverses a labyrinth of cold conveyor belts and salt-shaking robots who understand the sense of taste only in theory, each order at Al’s is hand-prepared in the store by humans who can't even dance the Robot—and you can taste the difference. Al’s offers more than 60 tasty flavors, including jalapeno, kosher dill, bacon and cheese, blueberry, peanut butter and jelly, root beer, and cookies and crème. Sugar-free options include English toffee and vanilla, and customers can also mix and match any flavors to create their own tin. Pricing starts at $1.50 per bag for six cups of an original flavor and $16 for a two-gallon tin.
Family chiropractic with an emphasis on sports injuries and rehabilitation. Dr. Alexander is certified in soft tissue techniques which make his treatments more affective than traditional chiropractic adjustments alone. Nutritional support is also offered with whole food supplements by Standard Process.
Among its accolades and titles, Weiland's has also been known for more than 40 years as the "Ultimate Meat Market" ever since the bar by that name closed down due to unshakable shame. Get your Henry the Eighth on during the summer grilling season with a fresh capon and accompany it with local cheeses such as Oakvale Gouda (produced about an hour away in London) or Ohio Blue Jacket Dairy's array of plain and flavored fromages. You can also buy local with Daisyfield pork from Sandusky or Weiland's very own salmon sausage. Otherwise, liven up your next summer cookout or paper-doll picnic with a selection of up to 25 kinds of fresh fish—including yellowfin tuna, certified organic salmon, domestic swordfish, and hand-cut catfish—and a side of fresh-baked bread or one of the seasonal pies from Columbus's own Just Pies. Gourmet groceries such as jellies, jams, chutneys, and sauces from Stonewall Kitchens, French lemonades, Madhouse Munchies, Talenti gelato, and more add a sophisticated touch to an unaccompanied cheese plate or barren hot dog. Prices and specials vary, but a recent special offered St. James Smokehouse smoked salmon in six all-natural flavors (including lemon, garlic, honey, and pastrami) for $7.35, with a pound of Genoa salami going for $4.99 at the deli.
With two locations in Battle Creek, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
A mom-and-pop convenience store and deli for nearly two decades, South Side 6 caters to famished folks with a variety of Lebanese and American dishes, including grilled burgers. Sink carnivorous incisors into the double-decker Swiss Mushroom’s two quarter-pound beef patties, or take tongues for a joyride atop the cheesy Route 25, loaded with tomato, lettuce, onion, and pickle fixings. An order of fries heightens the sandwich like a deep-fried forklift, and a cold beverage (a $1.71 value) swishes away bun crumbs and mustard residue, leaving mouths as clear as an unused Etch A Sketch. The burger-and-fries combo (an $8.99 value) concludes with a piece of baklava, which is as complimentary as it is honey-soaked.
In 1978, a modest 32’x144’ poly greenhouse began supplying a farm with tomatoes and pepper plants. More than 30 years later, the greenhouse has exploded into a 3-acre operation that supports a leafy abundance of 15,000 flowering hanging baskets, more than 100,000 potted annuals, and 25,000 potted perennials. Helmed by Don and Janice Bench and their son and daughter-in-law, the greenhouse and nursery pairs visitors with more than 200 varieties of hybrid roses, which only require 1 gallon of gas to bloom on the highway, as well as trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.
In November and December, the garden center morphs into a winter wonderland that showcases more than 100 decorated trees and a seasonal trove of ornaments, fragrant wreaths, poinsettias, and crimson bows. During summer months, the Benches man a roadside produce stand, where they sell sweet corn, melons, beans, and squash from their 650-acre farm.