Boasting a lineup of more than 80 vendors and featuring fresh fare from fruits and vegetables to coffee, meats, and baked treats, Parkland's Farmer's Market, sponsored by Mercantil Comercebank offers up local goods and family entertainment twice a month. Visitors can chow on Chef's mini cider donuts⎯made from a three-generations-old secret family recipe⎯available in a walk-around cone ($5) or immobile baker's dozen ($7) while exploring the market's booths. Load up on fresh, heart-shaped carbohydrates from Pasta Amore or cured, meat-shaped protein with 2-ounce bags of 100% natural, top-round steak jerky ($5) from Just Another Jerky Vendor. Visitors can meander at their leisure through an extensive selection ranging from cupcakes and spices to specialty teas and fresh-cut flowers. At the opening-day market on November 6, parents and their miniatures will be privy to activities such as free pony rides, jumps in the bounce house, crafts for kids, and live cooking demos for baby sous chefs.
Children in goggles and swim caps emblazoned with United States Swim Academy's patriotic logo kick and glide through an indoor pool heated to a comfortable 91 degrees. Instructors help them practice proper body and head positions, as well as efficient arm strokes and kicks, following a curriculum developed specifically for children by founder Karen King, the former national director of SwimAmerica. Besides these courses for children, the academy's team of competitive swimmers and rescue professionals also leads classes for adults that emphasize safe aquatic habits, such as never swimming alone or chewing on pool noodles 30 minutes before going into the water.
It took the owners of Vino DeSantis six months to find the right setting to host their vino emporium. Their diligence paid off. Today, their Coral Springs location houses more than 1,200 different varieties in a combination shop and tasting room lit by a warm, incandescent glow. The shop is also home to an Enomatic wine system, a space-age wine-delivery device that can hold 72 bottles of wine and automatically dispense 1-, 2-, or 4-ounce servings of that day’s offerings. With no more machines to install or fixtures to set up, the staff is now free to build the community’s knowledge of wine during tastings augmented by complimentary cheeses, breads, and compliments.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
Staffed by a team of nationally certified trainers, nutritionists, and former body builders, All 4 One Fitness provides a unique and personal plan for success. Trainers match the fitness routine to the needs of each client, shaping sessions around core strength, agility training, or increased flexibility. Instructors also offer specialized treatment plans for individuals batting diabetes, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, and heart conditions.
The fitness fanatics at Extreme Nutrition opened their first store in 2009, and have since expanded to several locations across Florida. In less than five years, the company has earned a notable reputation by offering worldwide shipping on its vitamins and sports supplements and by hosting celebrity-bodybuilder autograph signings and piano tosses.