Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
Kim’s Bagel Cafe indulges cravings throughout the day with a menu of fresh breakfast specialties and hearty sandwiches. Pop-culture-inspired items keep taste buds abreast of important trends, such as the Jersey Shore–inspired Mike the Situation sandwich, stuffed with hot sopressata, pepperoni and hot capicola. Toasted paninis, wraps, and rolls bear monikers that refer to local landmarks, such as the Ward Avenue chicken-salad sandwich and the West Main Street loaded with roast beef. After bidding adieu to the day and negotiating potential salary increases with the sun, dinnergoers can stock up on entrees such as mash and meatloaf or ziti and meatballs to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
Bedford Gourmet’s sumptuous prepared foods and deluxe groceries fill stomachs with fine ingredients in the form of gourmet cheeses, snack delicacies, coffees, teas, prepared meals, and more. The delicacy depot prides itself on its selection of more than 100 cheeses, including the award-winning Rainbeau Ridge variety, which is produced in Bedford Hills (starting at $16.95 per lb.).
A mother and her teenage daughter stand at the counter side-by-side, chop, chop, chopping in unison. Neither have cooked much with vegetables before, but under the friendly guidance of experts, they find their veggie phobias fading. This is a recurring theme within The Food Evolution's kitchen, where students learn to toss their culinary insecurities into the flames and begin having fun with meal prep.
At The Food Evolution, which Diane Hoch founded in 2010, students aged 16 and older learn from professional instructors how to create healthful, tasty, preservative-free meals. Classes highlight either techniques or styles of cuisine and vary in levels of participation—from demonstration classes where students observe and take notes, to hands-on courses in which students are required to touch everything with all 10 fingers. In private nutritional-counseling sessions, Diane, a certified nutritional-health counselor, tailors advice and programs to help individuals reach their health and wellness goals.