Healthy Home Market, like a Johnny Appleseed minus the questionable vagabond image, spreads health products throughout the Charlotte area. Delve into FruitaBü dried-fruit snacks, available in a variety of flavors ($4.31 for eight in the 0.4-ounce size), or re-enact your favorite Saved by the Bell emotional breakdown with an array of vitamin options, with Garden of Life vitamins for both men and women ($39.95 for 120 capsules). Healthy Home Market has grocery items such as cereal, snacks, and granola bars from Garden of Life, while deep-sea-diving daredevils can unwind with a medicinal tea from Daily Detox ($9.95 for 30 bags).
Charlotte magazine isn't coy in its praise of Clean Catch Fish Market. "Simply stated, Clean Catch Fish Market is the fish market Charlotte has been waiting for," it raved when it awarded the market its 2012 Editors' Choice Award for Best Fish Market, citing the "quality and freshness." The market also came out on top in that year’s Voters' Choice Awards.
Living up to the accolades, staffers curate seasonal selections of the freshest fish possible, such as Alaskan cod or swordfish caught wild in state. Though they're continually searching for exciting, new seafood, they always offer a selection of sushi-grade fish, oysters, and shellfish. Clean Catch Fish Market dedicates itself to sustainable seafood, and the vast majority of catches are wild.
The market's chefs can give shoppers tips on how to cook their finds or give recipe suggestions, but they also whip up dishes of their own, such as shrimp gumbo, jumbo crab cakes, and complete fish-taco kits. Every day, staffers post links to the day's offerings on their Twitter page, and they allow customers to text in their orders to the shop rather than making them send their overworked carrier pigeons.
For Brent and Jennifer Kasmer, falling in love didn't just lead to marriage and a baby. It has inspired them to help others reach their potential, whether training for a marathon or modeling healthier habits for their kids. At their studio, Everlasting Changes, they combine their strengths to help exercisers of all levels meet their fitness goals. Brent—the winner of Charlotte magazine's Best Personal Trainer award—brings more than 10 years of fitness expertise to their studio. Jennifer was dubbed favorite nutritionist in Charlotte for 2013 by Elevate Lifestyle readers, and is certified in personal training, bootcamp instruction, and nutrition. She also draws on her counseling background to provide motivation and emotional support.
Memberships grant 24-hour access to a host of exercise equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, leg-press machines, and free weights. During personal training sessions, clients push toward their goals with custom workouts and healthy eating plans. Brent, the middleweight victor in Mega Muscle's 2009 Mr. North Carolina competition, also offers specialized training for natural bodybuilders, which includes physique-sculpting exercises, nutrition consultations, and tips on wowing the judges at competitions, such as learning to flex your earlobes.
At Holistic Wellness Center of Charlotte, co-founders Dr. Arthur Cushing and Mr. Kristien M. Boyle work together to treat patients with research-based holistic and functional medicine. After watching his late first wife react adversely to multiple allergens, Dr. Cushing made it his life’s mission to root out allergy causes, developing the AllerCease technique in the process. This holistic method uses vibrations to bring the body’s frequency in harmony with the frequencies of different allergens, thus curing the body of the ailment. In addition to his allergy expertise, he also treats patients with services such as kinesiology, scar-tissue therapy, weight loss and detoxification, and trigger-point-release therapy. A licensed practitioner of oriental medicine and acupuncture, Mr. Boyle uses his vast medical knowledge to treat patients via blood work, saliva testing, acupressure, and Chinese and Western herbology.
The interior of The Nut House eschews padded walls in favor of countless transparent bins showing off vibrant dried mango slices ($4.59 per pound), glistening chocolate-covered gummy bears ($7.99 per pound), and more. Take home any item by its lonesome or pick up a gift basket perfect for any birthday or traffic-court appeal, featuring festive seasonal candies. Any day now, the holiday bunny could be sliding down a chimney near you. Greet the long-eared sage with a plentiful bounty of nutrient-rich nuts like hearty whole cashews ($8.59 per pound) or crisp almonds ($6.99 per pound). Full of "the good fat" and loaded with energizing protein, nuts are a heart-healthy way to muffle grumbling stomachs in between meals and enhance any salad or bowl of oatmeal with a piquant flavor-enhancer that'll help you stay satisfied longer. Other options include My Color M&Ms—sorted into single colors ($11.99 per pound)—to coordinate with the palette of weddings, holidays, and sports teams.
The non-traditional bar food menu features a variety of apps, salads, sandwiches, and build-your-own burgers and quesadillas. Your Groupon can be used toward anything non-alcoholic on the menu, but does not include the chicken wings, as they are harvested from rare flying chickens and therefore cannot be legally discounted. Start with bacon and asparagus frites served with house avocado-ranch dressing ($6.50) or a cup of big, bad Corey's chili ($4.95). Lettuce lovers will go green with joy for salad selections including the toasted walnut and pear with blue cheese served with white-balsamic vinaigrette ($8.95). Build your own burger, starting with the basic hand-pattied burger ($6.50), and then add your choice of free toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles) and non-free toppings, like chili, fried egg, or blue-cheese crumbles ($0.25–$0.75). The custom build-a-dilla ($5.50) gets the same treatment with the extra bonus of adding additional meats ($1.25–$1.50).