With locations throughout the Midwest, 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. Doctors demonstrate their care for patients' eyes by making sure all of them have a precise, up-to-date prescription. The center also works to keep frame prices low to help more patients find pairs of glasses within their price ranges.
Handmade Amish blankets and local delicacies call to Tammy Herrara. On a trip to Wisconsin, she visited an Amish market and fell in love with the concept of selling natural goods in bulk to help keep community members healthy. With help from friends, she soon discovered a perfect location in her hometown to sell a slowly expanding inventory of gluten-free and homemade foods. Today, her market sells everything from Michigan blueberries and freshly ground peanut butter to Mystic Monk coffee—the proceeds of which go toward rebuilding the Carmelite monks’ rectory in Wyoming. Patrons can also stop in for a quick cappuccino and one of Tammy’s turtle brownies, or they can peruse handmade Amish wicker baskets from northern Wisconsin. With its wood laminate flooring, local radio tunes, and on-call phrenologist, Friend's Country Market harks back to neighborhood shops and general stores of yesteryear. A recipe board even sits on the store’s wall, inviting visitors to paste their favorite recipes for other customers to try at home.
Adi Mor opened the first Garden Fresh Market in 1980, selling fresh produce from a 1,000-square-foot lot in Skokie, which he would stock by taking 2 a.m. trips to Chicago's South Water market. Today, Garden Fresh Market sprawls over six suburban locations, where fresh produce from apples to zucchinis is still procured daily.
Grocery items range from fresh meat from Midwest famers to a wide selection of ethnic foods and national brands. The deli slices meats and cheeses both domestic and imported, and house-made seasonal salads and main courses make bringing dinner home easier than stealing it from a neighbor's windowsill. Many of the market's online recipes have even made it onto NBC5, giving its cooks their share of 15 minutes of fame.
Diamond Fresh Seafood Market & Cafe is a gathering place for fresh-caught seafood from the far reaches of the world's oceans. As daily hauls of imported and domestically snagged premium seafood arrive, the knowledgeable staff doles out creative café-style meals that include shrimp alfredo and hearty salmon burgers. Customers who prefer to cart home their catches pick up home cooking tips at cooking demonstrations by pro seafood chef Carol Mackey, who reveals the culinary secrets behind potato-encrusted sea bass and other recipes. At the monthly demos, attendees can also bring their own spirits to sip during the presentation and the resident singing trout's lounge act that follows.
It's amazing what man can do with modern technology. Two or three years ago, people had to walk, drive, or both to pick up groceries—but not anymore. Peapod delivers all your grocery-store needs to your doorstep. Just choose your groceries at Peapod's online store from the comfort of your home, an airport lounge, the library, another grocery store, or any other WiFi-capable location, and await your Peapod delivery your way: on your favorite couch, chair, bed, table, or floor. The days of fighting through narrow aisles or carrying cumbersome heavy items (GMO giant turnips, milk barrels, etc.) are over. Carrying groceries through the rain and then up three flights of stairs? Never again.
Growing up, Barron Perl and his six brothers spent a lot of time helping out with their family’s sausage manufacturing company. Barron expanded the Perls’ meat-making legacy years later when he opened Deli Direct, a gourmet food distributor specializing in smoked meat and natural Wisconsin cheese. In addition to handcrafted sausages and blocks of cheese, the store also specializes in tangy mustards, gluten-free party dips, and tasty horseradish products—including spicy pickles by the gallon. For the perfect gift, the staff assembles wicker baskets that overflow with edible treats, and you can assemble your own smorgasbord at Deli Direct’s outlet store.