Flamingo Road Nursery owner Jim Dezell is used to the surprise on people's faces when they come to the nursery for the first time. "People commonly come in and say, ‘Wow, I never knew there was a garden center like this,’" he says. Maybe they're wowed by the park-like landscaping, complete with display gardens designed to inspire shoppers with ideas for plant combinations. Maybe they're blown away at the fountains, statues, and thousands of pieces of pottery. Or maybe they've just seen the pond surrounded by colorfully painted "shops" and palm trees. It's a "true experience" that's as much about shopping as it is about creating "memory and traditions", wrote Today's Garden Center in 2011, when it picked Flamingo Road Nursery as the most revolutionary garden center in the nation.
In addition to helping shoppers navigate the selection of flowers, trees, and other plants, the knowledgeable staff can also help them complete landscaping projects with outdoor artwork, waterfalls, and more. "It's professional advice here," says Jim. "We really try to understand our customers' needs and offer solutions that will both excite them and provide long-term enjoyment." He even recommends people bring in dimensions and photos of their space so the staff can get a better idea of what will grow well there. Flamingo Road Nursery offers delivery and complete installation services. Other garden-centric items, such as fountains and colorful adirondack furniture, give customers more chances to enjoy their outdoor living spaces.
The nursery also hosts an on-site Farmers Market shop, which hosts a large assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisan foods—some of the produce is even picked at the nursery itself. On the weekends, a beekeeper visits the store to explain how bees make honey to visiting kids, using the in-store observation beehive as a teaching tool. The nursery holds seasonal celebrations as well, including an annual fall festival with pumpkin patch and a Christmas festival replete with sleigh rides, Santa visits, and a Christmas tree forest.
Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
Founded in 2004 by physical therapist Darlene Wooldridge, Back to Health has since more than tripled its staff to better help patients eliminate pain, restore function, and foster general fitness and well-being. The bilingual therapists help revitalize bodies and spines with everything from therapeutic yoga classes to the use of MedX equipment—machines designed to target specific lumbar and cervical muscles through isolated strengthening.
Mike Montella was not always called Mr. Fish. Though he spent years serving as an advisor to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and as a charter-boat captain, the moniker crept up on him slowly as he dreamt of opening his own gourmet seafood shop to fill a void in the local market.
Now in business for more than 25 years, Montella's Mr. Fish brand continues to purvey the freshest seafood, including native stone crabs, lobster, and salmon. Recently joined by trained chef Mrs. Fish, the company has also started to supply a line of prepared foods, sauces, and condiments to complement the oceanic proteins. Additionally, the Fish in a Flash delivery division packs and ships orders to the doors of families and restaurants overnight.
Moments in Time Catering expands culinary vistas with a menu of handcrafted gourmet burgers and sandwiches, freshly prepped salads, and desserts, all serve-ready in microwavable containers. The bistro burger dresses a succulent patty in sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and a monocle of swiss cheese (an $8.50 value). A cadre of epicurean sandwiches include meatball subs (a $6.95 value) and oven-roasted turkey (a $7.95 value), and dinner entrees tame carnivorous cravings with stuffed green peppers cascading in tomato sauce and accompanied by mashed potatoes (a $10.95 value). Ladle wielders infuse a savory tomato sauce with sirloin steak and potatoes to compose homemade irish beef stew (a $10.95 value), and veggie slicers load garden salads with crisp cuts of carrots, cucumber, and red onion. Follow savory forkfuls with a variety of delectable dessert cakes, including red velvet, key lime, and carrot (up to a $6.25 value).
At Tribeca Medaesthetics, Dr. Jason A. Shapiro and Dr. Jeffrey R. LaGrasso beautify façades in a med-spa atmosphere decked out with colorful artwork and cozy seating. Cosmetic surgeries, such as face-lifts, breast augmentation and reduction, and liposuction—as well as Dysport and other injectables—help the doctors contour patients’ curves and dodecahedrons to desired specifications. The duo also aims luminescent beams from a trio of cosmetic lasers to help resurface skin, burn fat, and break down any unwanted tattoos or long-division problem. Tribeca Medaesthetics also supervises weight-loss programs and nonsurgical aesthetic services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasions.