Chef Lee Linton has sliced, diced, and sizzled up countless gourmet dishes for more than 30 years. He combines this hefty culinary experience with his passion for nutrition to craft 1,200- and 1,800-calorie meal plans designed to help health-conscious eaters like himself stay in tiptop shape without sacrificing taste or quality. Linton only uses fresh ingredients, shying away from the frozen, dehydrated, or astronaut-friendly ones often used in other premade meals. The menu, which is approved by an on-staff dietitian, rotates regularly, and meets the guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Cancer Society. After Chef Linton and his team prepare the dishes within a USDA-approved kitchen, they’ll ship the meals directly to clients’ homes or prep them for pickup at one of Fresh ‘n Fit’s 37 locations.
The a commitment to quality meat culminated in the creation of Wienerz Factory and Deli, a meat emporium that draws on its founder's European heritage to produce European- and American-style sausages and deli meats. Hardwood-smoked European and American sausages and brats and polish kielbasa emerge from an onsite smokehouse filler-free and primed for nestling into buns or burying under a funny looking tree as a “for later” treat. Also taking cues from this side of the Atlantic, owner Enrico Gamma—a longtime Atlanta resident—churns out hometown favorites such as hormone- and steroid-free spicy chicken sausage and louisiana andouille smoked sausage. Wienerz’s succulent creations fold into sandwiches and paninis made in the shop, or pack into containers and priced by the pound.
Give them two days, and the team at Jackie's Ice Cream will grant your wish?assuming that it can be made into an ice cream, of course. The shop's dessert specialists happily take requests, making custom batches of whatever ice cream flavor is required to satisfy their patrons' sweet teeth and even sweeter taste buds. But chances are a favorite variety is already on the menu, which includes creamsicle, toasted almond fudge, and coffee and glazed donuts among its dozens of homemade options. Beyond inventive scoops, Jackie's also crafts ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and cake in a jar, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Formerly Atlanta Brewing Company, Red Brick Brewing Company holds the title of Georgia's oldest craft brewery. The brew masters whip up a host of complex, craft beers, from an American IPA to a smoked vanilla porter. They also offer tours and tastings, providing samplings and insight into the nuanced fundamentals of beer creation. The tasting room, lounge, and Red Brick warehouse provide ample space for private events, and Thursday and Friday nights are open to the public for team trivia, live music, and discussions about the latest fashions in lampshade headwear.
Ye Olde Christmas and Candy Shoppe, nestled in historic Marietta Square, stocks a selection of nostalgic candies and festive gifts. Saunter up to the candy bar to tempt taste buds with homestyle fudge, imported Belgian chocolates, and sugar-, gluten-, and nut-free chocolates. Retro candy, such as rock candy, Necco wafers, and Gold Rocks nugget gum, brings back the sweet taste of childhood and the memories of watching the other kids eat the candy their parents gave them to show them their love.
The Christmas Shoppe prepares shoppers for upcoming holidays with folk-art Santas by Pat Siskin and Marietta ornaments designed by local artists. Its shelves also house collegiate items and gifts for special occasions such as anniversaries and imaginary friends’ weddings.
Brewmasters Warehouse equips its patrons with everything they need to gulp down self-made suds. Ingredients ranging from Briess white wheat malt to blueberry flavoring bring life to more than 3,800 beer recipes, including German pilsners, Irish red ales, and oatmeal stouts. Starter kits arm brewers with essential gear such as carboys and hydrometers, and kegging and bottling equipment ensures they needn't purchase a blimp hangar full of sponges to stash their wares. Patrons can also pick up supplies for making cheese, wine, and spirits.