Walls with shelving units full of vitamins, teas, cleanses, and supplements can be intimidating to new customers looking for ways to improve their health. At Natural Health Solutions, an on-staff holistic health practitioner helps customers identify and understand the benefits of various pills, powders, and teas that can boost their immune system and improve overall health. Wellness evaluations and vitamin regimens can also be administered to address specific health conditions, so customers can moderate the effects of their conditions to maintain optimal health without selling their soul for a second liver.
The Red Radish’s owner Amy Marrazzo firmly believes in the concept of “less is more.” When curating her shop’s stock of breads, fruit, bulk herbs, canned goods, herbal remedies, and beauty products, she seeks out brands that take a minimal approach to processing and flavoring. That includes Good Earth Farms, which supplies her shop with free-range and organic meats, as well as Nature’s Sunshine for herbs and natural supplements. She also takes care to maintain a range of products for a number of dietary needs, such as dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb. For clients’ outer beauty, the store features Good Earth’s soaps, which are handcrafted locally, as well as the locally produced Trillium Organics body products.
The Tasteful Cake culls frosted feasts from fresh ingredients and fixings, crafting goodies to gussy up all manner of gatherings. Cake whisperer Melissa Mydlo and her dessert-making dynamos lasso seven flavors into a posse of taste pugnacion that leaves sweet teeth stunned and wisdom teeth unable to finish their crossword: lemon and raspberry swirl serve up tangy taste-bud temptations, and the sultry trio of almond, chocolate amaretto, and red velvet offer additional after-dinner cajolery for chompers. Chocolate-vanilla and carrot-cake flavors round out the pint-sized platoon of potential treats. While this Groupon is not valid for vegan or gluten-free orders, many of The Tasteful Cake's cupcakes can be composed of vegan or gluten-free ingredients upon request for future orders to please palates of all preference.
The Spice & Tea Exchange's flavor-experts hand-mix spices from around the world to create distinctive blends and rubs available by the ounce. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $1.29/oz.), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.29/oz.), and a plethora of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.99/1.5 oz.). Office workers can pry themselves from the grip of the break room's coffee czar with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89/oz.) sweetened with more than a dozen naturally flavor-infused sugars ($4.29/1.5 oz.), including blueberry sugar, green chili sugar, and espresso sugar, making it easy to craft long-held culinary fantasies, such as a blueberry-glazed bread or a robust, sugary taco.
When faced with lemons—or many other fruits—the proprietors of Oh, Olive! don't contemplate lemonade. Instead, they envision freshly pressed batches of extra-virgin olive oil, such as their tangy Eureka-lemon variant. The family-run shops specialize in this flexible condiment and stock their shelves with estate-produced Delizia oils. Their catalog covers both plain and fused types with flavors that range from the spicy notes of chipotle peppers to the sweetness of blood oranges, a fitting complement to cuts of chicken and fish. They also vend balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Fruits feature heavily in the imported collection, which includes pomegranate, blackberry-ginger, and cinnamon-pear vinegars in addition to a dark-chocolate infusion and the 18-year balsamic—a traditional vinegar aged in oak barrels and given a high-school diploma.
Often, the staff members don't separate the acts of purchasing and cooking with their wares. They prefer to interact with customers and host tastings, classes, and contests to encourage innovative recipes. Amid more than 60 kinds of oil and vinegar, Oh, Olive! sells meal add-ons as well. Tiesta Tea produces soothing, toasty brews, and stuffed olives contain hidden servings of jalapeños, sharp cheddar, and asparagus.