Leon Butler opened Brookside Optical in 1989 with the vision that all clients, even those with hard-to-correct eyesight, could have access to stylish eyewear. Today, the shelves stock colorful frames ($100+) by small manufacturers and such designers as l.a. Eyeworks, Theo, and Anne et Valentin. Whether in retro cat-eye shapes or planted with futuristic jet packs, each pair of glasses is crafted by the on-site lab and ready to wear within days.
The Holiday Ham Company’s menu of spiral-cut ham and sumptuous smoked meats and sides adds hearty flavor to holiday meals, celebratory dinners, and knight-dubbing ceremonies, garnering nationwide praise from Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal. Specially selected hams lounge over hickory embers for more than a day, using reduced salt, before being coated in a savory-sweet glaze that deftly collides tastes, like a keytar or a dramedy.
Known as the Trigger-Point Queen by her colleagues and clients, Aireautnei Hudson attained her crown after graduating from High-Tech Institute with an associates degree in massage therapy. Wielding both a massage license and a national certification, she mends well-utilized muscles with a repertoire of modalities such as craniosacral therapy, hydrotherapy, shiatsu, and hot-stone massage. Aireautnei and her colleagues' skilled hands and professional demeanor help clients to relax as she maximizes flexibility, bolsters blood flow, and detangles tendons after a cat's cradle tournament.
Utilizing the best cuts of meats and the finest spices, Werner's hand-twists preservative-free sausages in natural casings that pop when bitten and giggle when tickled. The bockwurst floods taste receptors with rich veal and chives ($6.69 per pound), and the smoked cheddar-bier brat induces salivation with coarse ground pork, beer buds, and cheddar ($4.79 per pound). Passed down through generations in a baton-shaped cookbook, the recipe for swedish potato sausage blends one third pork, one third beef, and one third potato to please spud devotees ($4.99 per pound).
From the front of a gently spinning pasta machine emerge fresh noodles, which drop into pans ready to be cooked and served with meatballs, mussels, or breaded veal. In addition to the regular and gluten-free pastas, the chef at Cafe Italia crafts sauces, gelato, and bread to flood the restaurant's dimly lit dining room with authentic flavor. Cafe Italia’s catering services range from prepping food for pickup to supplying all necessary party wares, including tables, chairs, china, and servers to hand-feed guests.