As a young man, Dan Foss experienced first hand the way chiropractic treatments could be an effective alternative to traditional Western medicine. When his mother refused to have her third-grade son medicated with muscle relaxants, she swept him across the street to the local chiropractor. After a few painless adjustments, his injured neck was back to normal, and as Dan says, "from that day forward I wanted to study everything I could about chiropractic."
Today, he is Doctor of Chiropractic Dan Foss, and he has practiced more than 12 chiropractic techniques across three continents, culminating with the opening of Pura Vida Chiropractic in 2010. Combining quick chiropractic adjustments, thorough consultations, and wellness advice, Dr. Foss hopes to improve the overall lifestyles of each client, especially the ones who limbo professionally or maybe just those that need to get past the kitchen table whenever it's in the way.
Teardrop light fixtures drip down from the ceiling to illuminate the tiled walls and colorful chairs inside So Sweet Frozen Yogurt. Patrons carefully pull the handles on 16 frozen yogurt dispensers and one out-of-place slot machine to mix their favorite tastes from a rotating lineup of flavors that includes pistachio, cheesecake, and lychee. At the toppings bar, guests add spoonfuls of coconut, cherries, chocolate chunks, and other sweets to further customize their creation. For more liquid palates, So Sweet Frozen Yogurt also blends smoothies and boba teas in 30 flavors, including peanut butter and green apple, studded with submerged tapioca pearls.
Pair up with a pal or loved one for an escape to the quaint and sunny L'Aroma Café, where skilled baristas steep imported teas and steam espressos with the level of care seen among ex-plumbers in belt shops. Glass-top tables fog up under mugs of freshly brewed drip coffee and espresso concoctions, and teas sourced from Sri Lanka fill the air with scents of jasmine, spiced chai, and mango. Other beverages range from hot chocolate and chai lattes to zesty apple cider, and L'Aroma can serve any coffee drink on ice, decaffeinated, or in a miniature replica of the local water tower. Fresh pastries and other desserts beckon tongues from behind the café's glass counter. French macaroons wave-down taste buds with buttercream icing and tea bread spells out invites with apricots and pecans.
Beverly Crock and her daughters, Lauren and Shannon, are the family behind For Goodness Sake Natural Food Store. They stock familiar items such as bacon, as well as lesser-known products such as bioflavonoids—plant compounds believed to improve the skin's appearance. But if visitors aren't familiar with such items, it's not a problem. “We educate people,” Shannon explained to The NB Scene. “That comes naturally to me because I grew up this way and it is my lifestyle as well.”
Although the store's representatives happily guide patrons through their inventory, many of the store's products need no introduction. Rainbow-hued carrots and crisp sugar-snap peas beckon from their perches, and organic eggs come from Vital Farms, where chickens roam in pastures and take European vacations whenever they want. Additionally, at the juice bar patrons sip on nectars squeezed from the store’s organic produce.