Comfort food doesn't have a reputation for being healthy, but the cooks at Fresh Market Cafe strive to change that by putting a nutritious twist on southern favorites. The kitchen staffers prepare their vegetables in chicken stock or a ham base, eschewing grease, oil, or butter for healthier alternatives. Baked fresh every morning, their pies, skillet cornbread, and entrees contain no MSG or artificial flavors, instead relying on fresh and natural ingredients. Customers pressed for time can take advantage of the carry-out and drive-thru options, or they can enjoy a leisurely meal in the restaurant.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($28.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($19.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Ladybug Farm’s equestrians, with more than 50 years of experience, impart their knowledge of equines on willing participants during one-hour horse-handling lessons on scenic farmscapes. During all semiprivate sessions, students learn basic skills and horse care, including how to tack and groom a mount and how to play one-on-one basketball games of H-U-M-A-N with their sanguine steed. Trainers work with riders aged 4 and older at their farm, which also houses a tack and supply store stocked with designer horse seats styled by Dakota Saddlery, 1849 Ranchwear, Saddle King, and more.
The Athlete's Foot outfits runners and walkers in athletic apparel and sneakers with the assistance of fit- and comfort-savvy staff members. Shoppers can peruse a sizable stock of sports-related vestments, including vibrantly hued Nike Tempo shorts ($29), as well as technical running shirts (starting at $35) and technical running shorts (starting at $30) crafted from moisture-wicking fibers and versed in computer programming. Patrons in search of coverings for their pavement pounders can peruse a wall of running shoes for kids (starting at $20) as well as men and women ($40–$160).
When Steve was 17 years old, his dad gave him his first camera—a Pentax K1000—along with the only formal instruction he ever received: "Leave this dial on 60 and just move this ring until the light meter needle is in the middle." Steve heeded this snippet of advice as he sharpened his skills through trial and error, learning how to turn his "non-working efforts" into photographs worthy of the future's finest history books. His first paying gig came along in the form of a friend's sister's wedding, which earned him a total profit of $6. Since then, Steve has photographed more than 400 weddings, built an extensive portfolio, and amassed an impressive collection of stolen souls.