Natasha's Euro Market’s globetrotting gourmands deliver the tastes of Eastern Europe with a large selection of Old World–style meats, imported chocolates and candies, and European wines and beer. The grill-ready Bobak jumbo sardelki ($4.99/lb.) and Bende hot gyulai ($6.79/lb.) bring spicy flavor to outdoor cookouts or indoor bonfires, and sizzling flavor receptors are re-cooled with a swig of Borsec mineral water ($1.99 for 1.5 L). The flavorful, meltable podlaski ($6.99/lb.) and nutty swiss madrigal cheese ($9.99/lb.) help dress up humdrum sandwiches, and sweet Ukrainian round bread ($3.99) and European cakes team up inside stomachs as a spongy buffer against an invading armada of beers from Romania, Latvia, and Macedonia.
A former wrestler and cyclist, Dr. Curt Kippenberger of Focus on Health Chiropractic knows a lot about the human frame, as well as how it can get hurt. Luckily, he also knows about how they can recover, wielding the power to help them do so without the use of drugs or surgery. He and his team assuage chronic and acute aches with safe, low-risk chiropractic adjustments. Working alongside massage therapists, the team devises treatment plans that incorporate therapeutic rub-downs into appointments.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Lee Street Deli has lured college students and loyal locals to its underground sandwich sanctuary and corner store for more than eight decades. Rile up your nostalgia muscles and order a Frito pie ($2.50) off the historic deli's chalkboard menu, or delve further into the flaming penguin juicyburger ($1.85), a loose meat burger blazing with pepperjack cheese, Willies hot sauce, and jalapenos. The sandwich shop stays open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, which allows you to cure pains of early morning hunger or haziness with a horsey ham and beef sandwich ($4.67) stacked high with ham, roast beef, cheddar cheese, onions, black olives, and horseradish. Tantalize taste buddies with the pepper turkey melt ($4.67) with pepperjack cheese, bacon, and honey mustard caressed in the arms of warm slices of sourdough.
Good Nature's locally sourced alpaca products swathe bodies in soft fabrics that cry out for gentle cheek rubs. Alpaca socks ($15–$22) enclose feet in their warm embrace. Sweaters, hats, and rugs made of the fine fiber also line the store's aisles. Add aromatic intrigue to séances that channel the spirits of former cars with the many scents of Fred Soll's incense ($5–$16), or adorn selves and surfaces with crystals such as a Celtic cluster crystal ($10.75). Wines such as the fruit-toned 2009 Illahe viognier ($17) infuse bellies with warm oenophilic well-being. Books published by Llewellyn, Hay House, and other spiritually minded page-binders ($8–$65) advise the soul in matters of its consciousness and improvement.
Students in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources open the Mizzou Meat Market's doors each Wednesday and Friday to serve up USDA-approved meats from university-raised livestock. A large selection of fresh meats includes beef, pork, lamb, and other prepared items. Aristocratic alphabet enthusiasts can cast off stores of proletarian SpaghettiOs for a T-bone steak upgrade ($6.99 per pound). A pound of bacon ($2.89 per pound) wakes weekend tailgaters with a satisfying sizzle, prepping palates for an afternoon of applying grill stripes to newly ground cheeseburger patties ($2.49). Carnivorous spuds munch on flaky fish to offer pescetarians a potato-crusted-cod option ($7.99 per pound). The market is open Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., though customers can order by phone or appointment throughout the week.