The bakers at Marv’s Bakery's family-owned-and-operated business have been whipping up scrumptious baked goods from original and updated recipes for more than 45 years. Celebrate anniversaries of births, weddings, and days of the week with a black-forrest cake ($9.99/half; $18.99/whole), or embrace your inner Parisian by noshing on fresh baked breads, such as the cheddar-cheese white ($4.49) or french rustic ($3.59) bread. Overzealous sweet teeth can clamor around an array of mouth-watering pastries on display, such as danish rolls ($1.39), scones ($1.09), and cookies baked the old-fashioned way—with butter and plenty of Laurel and Hardy banter ($0.79 each).
When Lynn Kughn founded The Ultimate Pretzel Company five years ago, it was a kitchen-based operation that hand-dipped pretzel rods in caramel, rice krispies, and chocolate. While her neighbor’s chocolate-dipped-cucumber business languished, The Ultimate Pretzel Company has since expanded into a thriving online operation that dishes out delectable treats to sugar-craving patrons and donates a portion of its proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Like a beaker-toting scientist obsessed with animating chocolate-pretzel hybrids, Lynn has developed several treats in addition to her signature pretzel sticks.
The gregarious grocers at the locally owned Country Lake Market bundle up fresh cuts of meat while decimating cooking time for residential meal makers with prepared dinners. Meat seekers tote home pork chops, T-bone steaks, or pork sausages by the pound (prices vary) to grill up on backyard barbecues or give up to raccoon mafias running protection rackets. Muffle the rumbling chorus of a family of stomachs with the 12-piece chicken dinner paired with potato wedges, coleslaw, and a loaf of homemade bread ($29.95). An italian sausage pita ($5.49) satiates lone lunchers, and a whole slab of cooked ribs ($15.99) leaves customers with enough bones left over to cobble together a makeshift xylophone.
Spice Merchants scours the globe for sumptuous spices and exotic loose-leaf teas, fostering recipe twists and palate revelations. Shake complacent tongues out of flavor torpors with more than 200 potent single spices, such as fiber-packing flaxseed ($1.99 per oz. for up to 3 oz.) or sinus-clearing horseradish powder ($2.59 per oz.). More demanding palates can indulge in more than 100 spice blends bereft of additives or fillers.
A full-service hair salon boasting an adept staff of coiffure crafters, Touché assists in transforming noodle nests from disheveled to dashing. Using only the highest quality products, such as Redken, Pureology, Moroccan Oil, and Sebastian, stylists offer first-rate services at five different levels of experience. Tame an overgrown tress mess with a women's cut and style ($33–$54), or shape up limp scalp spaghetti with a men's cut ($20–$37). Coifs can intensify their stars, stripes, or neon streaks with full highlights ($69–$91), and a matching eyelash tint adds a suitably stylish wink ($24). Silence the face’s screams for sleekness with an eyebrow, lip, or chin wax ($15 each). A comfortable atmosphere marinated in stone, wood, and stainless-steel fixtures, as well as colorfully accented walls, provides a pleasantly placid locale for pampering tussled follicles after an afternoon of chasing tornadoes with reckless abandon.