Since before the advent of windshield wipers, the Meyer family has been whipping up fresh treats, hand-poured creams, and homemade jellies and caramels. Those with glucophobia can opt for sugar-free vanilla-walnut fudge ($7.99 for half pound) or a tub of sugarless taffy ($5.25 for half pound, $9.95 for a pound). For everyone else, Meyer's House of Sweets rivals Candy Land in terms of delicious décor and a sequence of play that forms a mathematically perfect Markov chain. Feast on at least 24 rotating flavors of fudge (including caramel pecan, Bailey's Irish Cream, and rocky road), 16 flavors of natural ice cream, or an impressive collection of chocolate-based confections. Chomp on European-style truffles that are almost too pretty to eat, or bite into cashew-rich bark. All chocolates are $17.95 per pound and are available in half-pound, pound, 1.5-pound, and two-pound boxes.
Outside the door of The Reef at Redington Shores, fishermen dock their boats after morning voyages in the sparkling Gulf waters and deliver their fresh catches to waiting employees. The staff members display fresh-caught local finds in their glass cases alongside non-local species such as Maine lobster and schools that are flown in daily. Gourmet spices and seasonings fill the store's racks in a rainbow of colors and aromas—standing ready to flavor filets. Ready-to-eat items, however, come pre-seasoned, such as the almond-crusted flounder filets and the crab bisque. In addition to seafood, the store carries 50 different wines and hosts wine tastings weekly, which is as often as a yo-yo dog needs to be walked.
Surf & Turf Market's curated selection of gourmet groceries includes grain-fed USDA Prime cuts of beef, fresh-daily seafood catches, and prepared entrees and deli-style sides. Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and other famous swimming pools includes fresh and frozen mahi-mahi, king crab, and conch. Hormone-free chicken, grain-fed pork, and hand-made sausages line up in the meat and poultry case, ready to form dinner alliances with legions of potato and pasta salads. The store also organic wines and dairy, frozen food items, and imported cheeses.
Vitamin Discount Center maintains its moniker by offering high-quality, health-boosting products at low prices. Cold sufferers can stave off a winter sniffles with Emergen-C (30 packets for $8.90), or bolster liver health with Solaray milk thistle (60 capsules for $18.69). Opt for innard peace with a soul-scrubbing CleanseSMART kit by Renew Life ($21.75) while finding outer satisfaction with hair-restoring Viviscal (60 tablets $45.41). Sporty shoppers can browse an array of bulk boosters like Jack3d ($26.65), which helps build muscles so that you'll never again need to search for your keys in order to move your car. Vitamin Discount Centers also carries a line of bath agents from Kiss My Face, Naturally Fresh, and more to match hearty insides with outer beauty.
Providing a personalized alternative to huge pharmacy chains, the technicians at St. Mary Pharmacy aim to do more than just fill customers' prescriptions. They speak with customers about their medications and address any questions during consultations, and pharmacists can provide drug monitoring. St. Mary Pharmacy also provides free delivery for medications and other items, permanently removing one errand from to-do lists and easing clients' worries, particularly if they have mobility challenges.
Open since June, Messineo's burgeoning stock of upscale market goods and natural health foods saves shoppers from having to harvest wholesome fare the hard way, such as hoarding a winter's worth of cage-free chicken eggs for spring planting. Messineo's departments service each block of the food pyramid with delectable precision, from its full, fresh bakery to a produce section filled with local fruits and veggies, many of which are grown no more than 10 hours from the shop. Local dairies provide the milk and eggs, and artisan cheeses comprise a model U.N. of cheese-making traditions. The butcher counter is a carnivore's paradise of fresh, sometimes organic meats and poultry, including boneless, skinless chicken breast ($4.99/lb) and beef tenderloin ($12.99/lb), and pescatarians can grin with Captain Ahab's vengeful delight at Messineo's deep-sea delicacies, including the fresh tuna loin ($15.99/lb) and the snow-crab legs ($4.99/lb).