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.
The staff at Olives-4-You instructs culinary pupils on how to prepare traditional French desserts, creating a toothsome survey of the land. Students whip up crème brûlée, crepe suzette, and tarte tatin, forging classic sweet treats of varying density and richness. While crafting the Grand Marnier soufflé, foodies bolster the notoriously fickle dish with a splash of tasty liqueur, much as trainers build the courage of their pet dogs before taking the stage at a breed show. Instructors also teach pupils how to make flourless chocolate cake that handily shortens the FDA-mandated ingredients list that must be read to friends before eating. As they cook up a storm, guests can soak in the Mediterranean décor, which includes tiled floors, brick archways, and a grove of olive trees in the coat closet.
The steak sampler pummels the meat-eater's appetite with a 12 lb. meateor of hanging tender, black forest top sirloin, southwest flank steak, and authentic steakhouse tri-tip. Each 3 lb. segment applies meltingly marbled, tenderly marinated meatiness directly to the taste buds, satisfying both soulful hunger and savage flavorlust. Clancy's vacuum-marinating process penetrates the meaty steaks with arrows of spice, tenderizing juices, and 100% pure USDA choice and prime-grade magic for the juiciest, most flavor-filled steaksperience possible.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
This full-service butcher shop and French market stocks its shelves with fine organic and artisanal goods. Grass-fed beef arrives in everything from burger-ready ground pounds ($4.95) to tenderloin cuts ($27.99 per pound), and free-range Amish chickens are available whole ($2.99 per pound), tasting like chicken, or in boneless, skinless breast fillets ($4.99 per pound). Eco-conscious pescatarians can enjoy sustainable seafood such as Atlantic salmon ($10.99 per pound) and Canadian whitefish ($7.99 per pound), and completely vegetarian gourmands can benefit from shelves of epicurean butters, fresh breads, organic produce, fragrant flowers, vibrant seasonings, and more. Groupon customers are invited to attend the grand opening celebration of Amano Boucherie on Saturday, February 19, from 11 a.m.—4 p.m.
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.
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.