Meting out meats since 1970, Tampa Steak Company sells more than 100 cuts of beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and seafood to restaurants and the unquenchably carnivorous public. Sate ravenous cutlery with a 12-piece steak package, comprised of four 8-ounce T-bone steaks, four 8-ounce rib eye steaks, and four 8-ounce New York–strip steaks. Skilled butchers cut steaks on a daily basis after each has been aged for a minimum of 14 days, making for a succulent slab suitable for sizzling grills and the most discerning black eyes.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory, pronounced just like the chocolate factory it's named after, exemplifies chocolate craft by freshly preparing all of its decadent morsels on-site and out of the highest-quality ingredients available. The Schakolad world is one in which strawberries enjoy a casual bath in chocolate streams, and one-bite truffles dress themselves in polite paper ruffles under the meticulous eye of trained chocolate artists. A boutique experience greets all customers with sweetly arranged displays of assorted bonbons.
During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Village Health Market strives to stock its 16,000-square-foot store with a wide selection of organic and natural products, including more than 150 bulk items such as nuts, dried fruits, and coffees, along with more than 130 varieties of fruits, veggies, sprouts, and gourmet items. A shopping cart will guide you on a world tour through the grocery aisles, which feature complete selections of Thai, Indian, Mexican, gluten-free, and kosher foods, as well as a full line of dairy, dairy alternatives, non-dairy, and non-dairy alternatives for dairy. Quell hungers with Sami's Bakery millet and flax chips ($3.69) or bread ($4.89) while slamming thirst up against a locker with a large assortment of organic wine that includes the flavorful Badger Mountain chardonnay ($11.99). More than 40 kinds of fresh meat and seafood are available, such as wild blackened salmon ($15.99 a pound). And the café/deli features more than 65 cold items in the deli case, 20 vegan dishes (try a vegan spinach pie, $3.79 each), more than 20 ready-to-eat hot foods (selection of the day, $7.99 a pound), 30 sandwich combinations, and an organic salad bar ($6.99 a pound).
Shannon Holt, a mostly self-taught photographer who learned her craft by doing copious amounts of research on the Internet, created Studio77 Photography in 2008. The self-described chatty photographer prefers to get to know clients over coffee before their shoot, discussing details such as the desired makeup and wardrobe look and how to turn an old negligee into a sexy handkerchief. She prides herself on empowering women during daring boudoir shoots and has developed her own editing techniques to add the finishing touches on images.
From his seven offices, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski and his knowledgeable staff help restore epidermises with cosmetic, medical, and surgical skin treatments. With a stable of seven lasers, including the Candela GentleLase, Palomar StarLux IPL, and the 2,940-nanometer Whisper, Suncoast’s trained technicians rid skin of unwanted hair, sun damage, broken blood vessels, and tattoos of broken blood vessels. For more invasive procedures, including eyelid-lifting blepharoplasty and Dr. Ewanowski's specialty, the cancer-ridding Mohs micrographic surgery, the doctor treats clients in the in-office surgical suite. Suncoast’s resident aesthetician pampers with medical-grade spa services, using products from such skincare brands as SkinMedica, Avène, and glo.