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Comfort food doesn't have a reputation for being healthy, but the cooks at Fresh Market Cafe strive to change that by putting a nutritious twist on southern favorites. The kitchen staffers prepare their vegetables in chicken stock or a ham base, eschewing grease, oil, or butter for healthier alternatives. Baked fresh every morning, their pies, skillet cornbread, and entrees contain no MSG or artificial flavors, instead relying on fresh and natural ingredients. Customers pressed for time can take advantage of the carry-out and drive-thru options, or they can enjoy a leisurely meal in the restaurant.

1155 S Gloster St
Tupelo,
MS
US

Vollara is part of a family of companies having over 85 years of experience as business innovators, and positioning Vollara as a global leader in natural health and ecofriendly technologies. This family of companies is ranked in the top forty direct selling companies in the world.

153 Old Trace Dr.
Baldwyn,
MS
US

Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.

1413 McFarland Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US

Applico's lighting specialists and GE-authorized showcase dealers outfit homes and businesses with light fixtures and convenient home appliances. The skilled technicians can install an inventory of Satco bulbs and Texas fluorescents, brightening up both indoors and outdoors by adding soft mood lighting to dining rooms or fashioning signal lamps for low-flying superheroes in the backyard. The shop's cozy fireplaces from Monessen and Majestic warm living rooms and dens, and A/C equipment and water heaters maintain comfortable interior temperatures throughout the house. Carried alongside a full line of TVs, an arsenal of appliances from GE, including dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and stoves, simplifies household chores.

6509 Highway 69 S
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US

When Steve was 17 years old, his dad gave him his first camera—a Pentax K1000—along with the only formal instruction he ever received: "Leave this dial on 60 and just move this ring until the light meter needle is in the middle." Steve heeded this snippet of advice as he sharpened his skills through trial and error, learning how to turn his "non-working efforts" into photographs worthy of the future's finest history books. His first paying gig came along in the form of a friend's sister's wedding, which earned him a total profit of $6. Since then, Steve has photographed more than 400 weddings, built an extensive portfolio, and amassed an impressive collection of stolen souls.

1351 Mcfarland Blvd
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US

All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.

1825 McFarland Blvd N
Tuscaloosa,
AL
US