In 1939, James Clark bought Belmont Pharmacy, where he had worked as store pharmacist. His son, James Clark Jr., followed him into the business, and eventually the enthusiastic, dedicated family began opening additional branches. Today, a third-generation Clark, Tim, oversees the operation of the eight locations.
Each location mingles old-fashioned corner-store friendliness with modern health-care tools. Medical equipment, such as lift chairs and canes, ease home life, as do prescription medications that can be delivered by a friendly staff member. The Huber Heights location also has a compounding pharmacy, in which highly trained workers customize prescriptions to individual needs, combining multiple medications into a single dosage, adding kid-friendly flavors, or carving each pill into the shape of a white blood cell.
Dr. Brian Meister employs the latest in modern technology to complete services such as cleanings, bridges and crowns, and three types of whitening. Intraoral cameras capture various images of the mouth, which patients can then see on a computer screen, and electric hand pieces remove dental decay at a fast pace and speed up root canals. Digital x-rays, which have 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays and 99.95% less radiation than the Hulk, survey the inner sanctums of the teeth and mouth to reveal potential problems.
At Back and Pain Rehab Center, Dr. Tariq Arif draws from 14 years of experience to alleviate chronic pain through chiropractic care. Along with his trained staff, he massages away tension and extracts aches hiding inside joints using therapeutic, hot-stone, and deep-tissue techniques. He also leads weight-loss workshops that address back pain in heavier people and can help to guard against other weight-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.
Blackberry tart. Banana-nut bread. Cinnamon-twist danish. They?re not decadent treats in a glass display case at the local bakery, but intoxicating aromas and robust flavors found at La Crema Coffee Company. Owned by Melissa and Dan Flohn, La Crema takes 100% Colombian coffee beans and transforms them into three dozen unique breakfast, afternoon, and dessert flavors such as chocolate raspberry, amaretto truffle, and bananas foster. For purists, the company imports unflavored blends from Central and South America, Indonesia, and Africa. It even vends a selection of non-coffee beverages, as well as hand-beaded coffee scoops and accessories for measuring coffee grounds or spooning them over breakfast cereal.
When Spring transitions into Summer, two-mile-long rows of strawberries at Blooms & Berries Farm Market grow plump on the vine, ripe for the picking. Throughout summer, the operating farm grows a wide variety of fruits and veggies, which they sell at two farm stands. The coming of autumn brings new activities, which draw more than 15,000 visitors annually, such as trekking and roaming through a seven-acre corn maze, observing the Bucking Cow Train, and indulging caramel apples and fresh apple cider. Seven days a week, families can explore the enormous corn maze, take a hay ride, or feed goats compliments and snacks.
Club 51 Fitness covers every fitness base with group exercises, a 40,000-square-foot workout room, and personal training. Top weight-machine brands such as Life Fitness, Nebula, and Hammer Strength make appearances alongside cardio machines, and hardwood-floored classrooms flooded with natural light host yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp classes. The club also boasts childcare services and a women-only workout area, useful for avoiding pickup lines from randy treadmills. After workouts, guests can lounge in the locker rooms' dry saunas and steam rooms or in the onsite day spa.