After more than 15 years of instruction in a multitude of disciplines, senior teacher Donna Trantham finally discovered Bikram yoga. “This is what I had been looking for in my past exercises. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I feel like Bikram Yoga has made me a better person, all around.” Each of her instructors are certified in the Bikram program, which entails nine weeks of tutelage under Bikram Choudhury himself, senior teacher Rajashree Choudhury, and Emmy Cleaves. Teachers flow through the tapestry of 26 poses within an intimate space that’s decked out in mirrors and a mural of the Florida coastline, as well as heated to facilitate deep stretches and help determine who amongst them are really wax-mannequin spies in disguise.
Hayes Meats & Gourmet Foods' epicurean grocers, in business since 1957 and winners of a 2012 Business Champion of the Year Award from the Business Resource Council of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, cull a wide selection of premium meats and eats from around the world. A selection of deli goods that includes gourmet salads and desserts elates incisors more easily than the wand of the Tooth Fairy. Customers can chomp on toothsome ensandwiched fare such as a Reuben loaded with corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, and surround sandwiches with an entourage of zesty coleslaw, fresh-fruit salad, and other sides. For heartier meals, diners can snag new york strip steaks, baby-back ribs, or slabs of prime rib precut into a variety of sizes, weights, and skyscraper prototypes. To fuel family gatherings and holiday-morning food fights, the shop also dispenses a slew of plattered fixings and appetizers.
Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar occupies a nautical-themed waterfront house, with life preservers hung from the ceiling and fishing trawlers right outside, reflecting a menu full of shellfish, fresh fish, and other fruits of the sea. Expert oyster shuckers sling raw or steamed bivalves by the platter ($9.25) or bucket ($31.99), accompanying them with a range of raw bar accouterments. Jumbo lump crab au gratin ($10.99) bakes sweet chunks of crab meat with four cheeses, served stuffed inside a hot sourdough loaf. The eatery's signature encrusted mahi mahi ($18.25), a savory slab of fresh fish baked in a secret blend of spices, pairs well with a salad ($5.99–$11.99). Customers who visit on Backward Day can start with homemade key-lime pie ($5.99), a sweet-tart treat piled with pillowy meringue.
Wild Ocean Seafood Market’s ocean-ensconced staff helps customers peruse local fishermen’s wild-caught bounty, specializing in hand-processed rock shrimp and other locally sourced grocery items. Like the most humble bananas, royal red shrimp comes peeled and deveined ($11.50/lb.), and a flash-freezing process maintains freshly caught flavor. Not satisfied sticking to one ecosystem, Wild Ocean Seafood Market also boasts landlubbing sustenance, such as cage-free eggs ($3.99/dozen) and grass-fed beef, all from nearby farms, plus aquatic fare from across the country, such as Alaskan king crab, lobster from Maine, and starfish plucked from the lenses of telescopes.
Cavallari Gourmet stocks kitchens with high-quality ingredients and beverages while smoothing over the travails of shopping with exemplary customer service. The store carries a wide selection of foodstuffs including an in-house line of sauces and toppings made with carefully vetted ingredients that—like releasing a wolverine in the dining room—add extra zest and excitement to every meal. Those whose hunger cannot be contained can fill their bellies as they shop, munching on a variety of gourmet sandwiches made fresh in-store, including the Cavallari Italian plied with Boar's Head ham, genoa salami, and hot cappy ($8.49), or the crab salad sub, chock full of toothsome, crustacean-flavored surimi ($7.99). Cavallari's large wine selection pairs vinous accompaniment with gourmet victuals. A spread of party platters provides preparation-free group nutrition, offering up a delectable variety of lunchmeats, veggies, and fruit. Most party platters are priced between $20 and $50 and feed 8 to 20 people, depending on size, appetite, and predilection for competitive eating.
Jai Michael Barry's massages are as relaxing as the new-age music he loves to create. That's because the founder of Ancient Art Massage & Bodywork, who has recorded three albums and played numerous benefit concerts in his other life as a songwriter, gets the little details right: the massages take place on heated tables and incorporate treatments ranging from ayurvedic aromatherapy to egyptian ear candling. It's also because his repertoire is so broad. Jai can spend a session relieving stress with Swedish techniques, treating head and back pain with craniosacral therapy, or manipulating the body's energy with reiki. He also leads meditation sessions on the night of each full moon.