Whether retooling the body's hormone levels or removing tiny impurities from its pores, there's no treatment too big or small for the staff at Solutions Wellness. On the spa side of things, hair-removal expert and aesthetician Cassee Young uses wax to eradicate unwanted fuzz and save her clients from the burden of regular shaving. For solutions of a more medical nature, advanced practice nurse Cristina Moore helms a clinical team that specializes in bioequivalent-hormone replacement therapy and medical weight-loss strategies.
While awaiting treatment, guests can relax and enjoy a warm or cool beverage in the welcoming reception area, whose golden walls are accented by red- and orange-toned prints and bright-red leather chairs.
Violet vidalia onions tumble into deep wooden bins alongside brown bulbs of sweet potatoes, heads of lettuce, bell peppers, and tomatoes still wet with dew. Owner and general manager Margaret Wood fills The Grove Farmers Market & Bistro with a locally sourced spread of produce, but her mission to support Alabama farmers goes beyond retail. Wood has embraced European food concepts by putting a market and farm-fresh bistro under one roof and topping that roof with a satin beret. Head chef Thad Gerrell sifts through the same organic produce brought in daily to create rustic dishes seasoned with gourmet olive oil, grapeseed oil, sea salts, and raw sugars. Seasonally fresh herbs elevate traditional gyros, souvlaki, and cholesterol-free pastas, many of which are available as take 'n' bake for home preparation.
Tom Brown's first wine didn't quite make it into a barrel. Instead, it aged inside a pickle crock in his mother's kitchen, finally flowing forth in the year 1976. Today, Tom heads up a slightly more sophisticated operation as owner of Beans Creek Winery. Sourcing grapes from eight Tennessee counties, Tom and his team of vintners have created 31 wines, including dry reds, sweet and spicy muscats, and three types of sparkling wine. His concoctions have earned 38 medals in the Indy International Wine Competition, where they were also chosen Best of Class three times.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Every muffin and loaf of bread that fills Wild Flours with its enticing aroma begins the morning as freshly harvested grain headed for the store's mill. Bakers grind out healthy, whole grain flours from organic, living grains, bagging some for sale while taking a toll with which to create tasty baked goods. Their ovens sear flavor beneath the crispy crusts of cinnamon raisin bread, zucchini bread, and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.
More than 60 frothy craft suds cascade across 3 Brothers Deli and Brewhouse's menu, which is replete with deli sandwiches and comfort cuisine served alongside a nightly lineup of live music, competitive trivia, and art shows. Dining companions can divvy up the deli sampler platter’s array of signature fresh-cut chips and dip, pretzels, pickles, cheese, and Shortstop wings slathered in one of six spicy sauces. Perfect for melting the spice-depraved hearts of taste buds and advancing armies of abominable snowmen, the Fireball fritters encase italian sausage, cream cheese, and a top-secret blend of Old World ingredients, preluding palates for one of five piping-hot pasta plates. Hulking hoagies tag team taste buds in the form of classic deli sandwiches such as the hot buttered philly cheese, whose clean-cut onions and mushrooms make it the ideal suitor for those bottles of Left Hand Milk Stout too often charmed by salty bowls of peanuts who only leave them feeling empty inside. Imbibers can cycle through more than 60 beers on a menu laden with lagers, amber ales, and wheats, as well as such seasonal suds as Foster’s Oil Can and Dogfish Head Chicory.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.