With two locations in Battle Creek, 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. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
Sunlight streams through large windows and glints off the glossy wood floor as yoga students twist and stretch next to exposed brick walls. Other guests can undergo spa treatments or massages at the hands of capable staff members. The Christian-based health hub, which welcomes visitors of all faiths, approaches wellness from a holistic perspective that considers the health of the mind, body, and spirit together. Fitness classes keep Pilates practitioners, kickboxers, and studious punching bags busy before they relax during massages and slimming body wraps.
Smith Farm Market boasts a large variety of local plants and produce offered during the spring through the end of October, and baked goods year-round. Housed in a late-1800s school building, its bakery crafts 26 varieties of pie, 14 flavors of kettle fudge, and cookies, cakes, and breads. In the summer-time customers will find crops of famous sweet corn, melons, homegrown tomatoes, peaches, and apples alongside perennials, soil, and vegetable plants and seeds. Additionally, the market sells local products such as jams, Amish cheeses, and honey.
The Dream Dinners experience is like a cross between a barn raising and a bar crawl, minus the alcohol and hard labor. After you choose from a rotating menu of up to 17 dishes per month, you schedule a spot at one of Dream Dinners' fun and easy preparation sessions. During the sessions, many have been known to dance between food stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their families' meals for the month. After your session, take the uncooked meals home to your freezer and prepare them nightly for no-thought-required, delicious meals that'll keep you healthy, full, and free to think about times tables and monkey rentals on your daily commute. The succulent menu items will fool even the most fastidious foodies into thinking you slaved over the stove to prepare such deliciously complex dishes as cider-braised pork chops, garlic-balsamic–marinated steak, and creamy chicken-chipotle ravioli. Dazzle your dining-room table with fancy restaurant fare or serve up casual and comfort foods full of flavor, like sage-crusted pork chops and Tuscan chicken with fettuccine.
Among its accolades and titles, Weiland's has also been known for more than 40 years as the "Ultimate Meat Market" ever since the bar by that name closed down due to unshakable shame. Get your Henry the Eighth on during the summer grilling season with a fresh capon and accompany it with local cheeses such as Oakvale Gouda (produced about an hour away in London) or Ohio Blue Jacket Dairy's array of plain and flavored fromages. You can also buy local with Daisyfield pork from Sandusky or Weiland's very own salmon sausage. Otherwise, liven up your next summer cookout or paper-doll picnic with a selection of up to 25 kinds of fresh fish—including yellowfin tuna, certified organic salmon, domestic swordfish, and hand-cut catfish—and a side of fresh-baked bread or one of the seasonal pies from Columbus's own Just Pies. Gourmet groceries such as jellies, jams, chutneys, and sauces from Stonewall Kitchens, French lemonades, Madhouse Munchies, Talenti gelato, and more add a sophisticated touch to an unaccompanied cheese plate or barren hot dog. Prices and specials vary, but a recent special offered St. James Smokehouse smoked salmon in six all-natural flavors (including lemon, garlic, honey, and pastrami) for $7.35, with a pound of Genoa salami going for $4.99 at the deli.