Ever since Addy and Ruth Bassin founded the company back in 1952, MacArthur Beverages has introduced American consumers to the finest European wines and spirits. The firm's brokers deal directly with wine merchants and n?gociants in Europe and America to bring their clients the best bordeauxs (their specialty) and other wines at competitive prices. MacArthur Beverages also stocks hard-to-find craft brews and top-shelf scotches, whiskies, cognacs, and brandies.
The company has set a number of milestones throughout its long history, including setting the world record in 1977 for paying the highest price ever for a single bottle of wine?$14,450 for an 1806 Chateau Lafite Rothschild?and unearthing the discovery that wine is just really old grape juice.
Tucked into the front section of the Macomb Street location of Jetties, an around-town sandwich and salad shop, Something Sweet’s counter offers a minimalist selection of cookies, brownies and cupcakes. Decadent cheesecakes and looming layer cakes round out the offerings, along with a classic hummingbird cake and immense whoopie pies. Filled with light wood touches and lots of natural light, the minimalist space only seats a few, but that means more room for filled bakery cases. Check out the occasional one-off or special items from the hanging chalkboards or order online to select custom-made desserts and cookies. If you do happen to swing by the small space, at least you can enjoy the sunshine from one of several benches out front.
Dalton Brody provides an upscale boutique atmosphere nestled in a cozy storefront of mottled stone and regal green awnings. The shop is stuffed to the rafters with crystal and glassware, painted serving trays, candles, handbags, picture frames, and much more. Fill your home with the mingling aromas of lavender and rosemary from a petite air essence incense-like air freshener ($45), or dappify the gentleman of your choosing with a pale-green American–sailboat tie ($75). For the homosapien who has everything, leather money clips ($38) come in a variety of grains and colors, while a small photo album bound in gentle green-and-pink floral tapestry ($34) will hold a variety of memories, images from the future, and souls. Dalton Brody also stocks numerous gifts for new moms and their babies; perk up a nursery with a pink piggy bank ($52) coated in white polka-dots.
Despite the name, Cafe Olé’s menu is more of a nod to Middle Eastern food than Spanish cuisine. The reasonably-priced menu offers a variety of mezze (Mediterranean small plates), kabobs and Panini, alongside more than two dozen wines by the glass and several craft beer options on tap. A curvilinear bar makes for interesting indoor seating, while a scatter of tables throughout the space give ample room to other diners. A small patio is the perfect place to dine while lounging away a sunny afternoon, though a word of warning: Weekday lunch rushes can be crushing, thanks to nearby offices that crowd the fun, tasty restaurant. Dinnertime is much calmer.
Diners enhance meaty feasting with Wagshal’s Market's raw, center-cut rib racks sourced from the Iberian Peninsula, which boast a tender, juicy texture and a sweet, succulent flavor. The highly marbled racks of ribs are culled from free-range black ibérico pigs, which forage on fallen acorns during the winter months to gain up to 1 pound a day, instead of storing them in their marsupial pouches for hibernation. Maintaining high levels of HDL—or "good”—cholesterol, the 2 pounds of meat are healthier than sustenance with the riskier LDL—or "bad"—cholesterol. The family-owned-and-operated company recommends that eaters prepare the ribs as they would standard pork, rather than launching each rack out of a cannon through multiple hoops of fire.
It’s easier to connect The Spa Room’s seeming hodgepodge of treatments if you look at owner Mary Szegda. Her background and training includes a master of arts degree in applied psychology, a certification for infant massage instructorship, a massage-therapy license, and training in the Feldenkrais method—a therapy designed to pinpoint and correct habits that can cause shoulder pain and muscle tension.
Together, Mary and her skilled staff, administer Swedish and prenatal massage, aromatherapy treatments, craniosacral therapy, and spa services such as a hand treatment that combines pomegranate cream and paraffin. The staff holds four advanced degrees among themselves, and several of them have experience teaching at the university level. Most of them have served as lead or assistant teachers at local massage schools. In addition, The Spa Room offers a variety of classes and workshops including massage education, infant-massage instruction, and restorative yoga.