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.
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.
A line of stalwart cowboys wearing metal sombreros guards the red-brick, mural-covered façade of Los Alamos Market y Cocina, hinting at the quirky mom-and-pop charm to be found inside. Every day, members of the Juarez family work the counters at the convenience store or labor over the stoves of the kitchen, producing made-from-scratch Mexican feasts of pork adobo, menudo, posole, and carne asada. Guests plop down on green vinyl booths near the open kitchen, but not before they’ve loaded up their plates at a buffet with chilies rellenos, marinated chicken, and stewed barbacoa. In the attached grocery and market, interesting products hang from the ceiling and shelves, including a line of novelty piñatas made to look like rival university mascots or local business competitors.
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.
Perfect Sense Eye Care’s rock-star ophthalmologist, Dr. Stephen Wiles, has performed more than 30,000 ophthalmic surgeries to date, and that number keeps on growing. From removing cataracts to correcting blurry vision, the doctor's trusted hands can almost instantly eliminate the need for glasses and contacts. During his LASIK procedure, for example, he carefully reshapes the outermost layer of the eye⎯the cornea⎯thereby allowing the retina to better focus incoming light. Within 24 hours, patients who previously suffered from astigmatism or constantly forgot to open their eyes each morning can enjoy crisp, clear vision.
For more than four decades, Eddy, T-Bones Deli & Meat Market's head butcher, has cleaved and trimmed meats into hearty cuts and chops. Steaks, pork chops, grade-A turkeys, European sausages, and other meats line up in the shop's glass display cases, divided into tidy rows by lanes of Astroturf. T-Bones also serves brisket sliders, snow-crab legs, pastas, and other meals indoors or beneath umbrellas on the outdoor-patio bar. An array of wines, sauces and marinades, chips, and other grocery items round out T-Bones' inventory.