Though barbecuing and baking apple pie are among America's favorite pastimes, shopping for the necessary ingredients can be a cumbersome chore. With this in mind, brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson founded Peapod based on the idea that people's time is precious. Their website allows online shoppers to browse thousands of grocery and household items and have them delivered or prepared for pick-up at the touch of a button, with added conveniences such as saved shopping lists and filters that highlight products with specific nutritional information. Shoppers can control the quality of their orders by requesting that Peapod's personal shoppers select yellow or green bananas, or deli meat that's sliced thick, or thin. Market-specific offerings ensure that buyers from New York to Chicago can also find signature, hometown foods.
But the brothers are anything but complacent about the Skokie, Illinois–based company's growing success, which has been documented by such media outlets as the New York Times. Thomas Parkinson demonstrated one of Peapod's latest innovations in a Fox Business report with Jeff Flock—virtual grocery-store aisles on commuter-train platforms, which allow customers to use their smartphone to easily pick out items for next-day delivery. Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Ellen Podmolik recently documented another innovation: pickup sites where customers can retrieve their previously ordered groceries without leaving their vehicle.
Board-certified chiropractic physician Dr. Naveed Elahi takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain relief, disease prevention, and whole-body health at Health First Wellness Center. The practice specializes in chiropractic medicine, a science that aims to alleviate such common conditions as headaches and neck pain without the use of drugs, surgery, or noogies. In cases where traditional chiropractic medicine does not apply, the doctor rounds out the treatment menu with acupuncture and clinical massage therapy, two ancient modalities that can reduce anxiety and improve sleep. Furthermore, personal training and nutrition counseling help patients ward off the specter of disease in a more reliable manner than hanging garlic cloves on their treadmills. In addition to MedSpa services including laser hair removal and VelaShape body smoothing and contouring, Health First Wellness Center also offers yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes.
Adi Mor opened the first Garden Fresh Market in 1980, selling fresh produce from a 1,000-square-foot lot in Skokie, which he would stock by taking 2 a.m. trips to Chicago's South Water market. Today, Garden Fresh Market sprawls over six suburban locations, where fresh produce from apples to zucchinis is still procured daily.
Grocery items range from fresh meat from Midwest famers to a wide selection of ethnic foods and national brands. The deli slices meats and cheeses both domestic and imported, and house-made seasonal salads and main courses make bringing dinner home easier than stealing it from a neighbor's windowsill. Many of the market's online recipes have even made it onto NBC5, giving its cooks their share of 15 minutes of fame.
With a broad selection of organic and locally grown produce, imported cheeses, and freshly caught seafood, Fresh Farms International Market seamlessly blends local and international flavors. Specialists in aquatic fare guide patrons through the details of live lobsters ($7.99/lb.) or wild octopus ($2.99/lb.), explaining how to prepare them and train them to guard a bank vault. Dairy experts brandish a cooled case full of rare cheeses and everyday essentials, such as Bulgarian feta ($2.99/lb.) and Mountain Brand swiss ($3.99/lb.). Meanwhile, meat mongers dig into smoked ham shanks ($1.49/lb.), flanked by California broccoli ($0.79/lb.) and Wisconsin dry yellow onions ($0.19/lb.), to create a full meal or a trap for a hungry tyrannosaur.
Both FitRx’s brick-and-motor and online stores focus on pairing customers with quality, trusted sports supplements that will help them achieve their specific workout goals. Throughout each shop’s shelves, you'll find nutritional products, vitamins, and workout supplements from more than 200 brands, such as Accu-Fitness, Nature’s Alchemy, Inholtra, and Zone Perfect. You could use vortex powders for extra energy before hitting the gym, or take beef protein powders from MuscleMeds to complement a weight-lifting regimen and help give the strength and confidence to apologize to the phone books that were ripped in half.
Doctor of Chiropractic Felde got his first look at the chiropractic profession when he was only 16 years old, and he never turned back. After incurring a back injury during a jet-ski accident, he sought alternatives to prescription drugs and surgery; his quest soon landed him in the office of a chiropractor, who helped him to recover fully and ignited his fascination with the field. Chiropractic therapy would continue to play an integral role in his life for years to come, helping him to keep up with the physical demands of collegiate rugby and finally leading him to pursue his own chiropractic doctorate.
Today, Dr. Felde owns his own practice, where he draws upon his wealth of personal experiences to help his clients to overcome pain with safe, noninvasive methods. Before each treatment, the doctor gathers a clear picture of his patient’s injuries through neurologic, orthopedic, and chiropractic evaluations. He then sets out to correct misalignments and knead the kinks out of vestigial tails with chiropractic adjustments, massages, and acupuncture treatments.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.