When it comes to receiving cosmetic treatments, knowing a board-certified surgeon is at the helm can make patients feel at ease. When it’s four board-certified surgeons, even the strongest of worries are set at ease. Doctors Stephanie Stover, Richard Lung, Mario Reyes-Serrano, and Wendell Perry of Imagenes Cosmetic Center erase the effects of gravity by combining their experience in general, plastic, and reconstructive surgery in a supergroup of surgeons, complete with flowing capes and meteor-powered stethoscopes. Several of them are bilingual, and they all believe in creating the most natural results possible with such techniques as tightening the inner tissues of the face during a facelift to avoid a “windswept” look and lifting eyelids without changing a patient’s natural eye shape.
Founded in 1912, Gardner's Market brought fine foods, gourmet groceries, and the services of skilled chefs to the public for over a century. While the grocer's store recently changed ownership, the mission and much of the market's renowned staff has endured. Executive Pastry Chef Luis Dorado still creates the same sinfully delicious sweet treats that have graced the cases during his 19-year tenure, whipping up everything from flourless chocolate tortes to crème brûlée. Other culinary artists spend their days crafting hot carrot bisque, Maryland mini crab cakes, and tres leches cake, cooked fresh and packed to go. They also whip up hot lunches, which vary in price from day to day due to the incorporation of market-price seafood and garnishes of freshly minted dollar bills. In the meat department, the team serves up certified angus beef, hormone-free chicken, naturally-raised lamb, and more.
Global Liquors stocks waiting wet bars and larders with a spectrum of spirits and gourmet noshes. A specialty cellar keeps an array of international wines at their ideal temperature, ensuring that the 2008 Tabali Reserve chardonnay ($17.99) and peppery Argentinean Navarro Correas Alegoria malbec ($19.50) age gracefully and don't catch colds. Invest in a sleek black bottle of Ty Ku sake ($17.99), or craft sophisticated cocktails out of spirits such as Tito's Handmade Vodka ($19.99). A feast of refined spreads and snacks awaits its perfect cocktail pairing in a delicatessen featuring notable noshes including Woolrich Dairy's triple-créme goat brie ($6.89) and the smoky lemon zing of Icelandic Stromluga herring caviar ($4.99). Global Liquors hosts weekly tastings during which patrons may wander amid wooden shelves teeming with bottles as they sip spirits, taste new noshes, and play Pin the Cork on the Bottle.
Kouzíne puts a local spin on Latin American and European treats, gourmet meats, specialty condiments, and more. Before heading to a holiday party, pick up a hefty hostess gift such as the Argentine wines and jellies basket ($45), which comes stuffed with two bottles, two wine-infused jellies, and an unofficial pass to the front of the bobbing-for-apples line. The two-tier Kouzíne appetizer and wine tower ($49.50) includes a Camino 7 Lagos malbec from Argentina, cold cuts, cheeses, and green olives. The Latin sensation ($56.50) displays a combination of Latin American wines and delicacies in a traditional brown wicker basket known to ward off evil plastic bags. To circumvent possible pantry claustrophobia, bypass goodie bundles and instead peruse Kouzíne's selection of loose wines, cheese accompaniments, and artisan fruits.
One of the East Coast's best-known members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's Wholesale Club serves more than six million members in 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, savvy shoppers knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, members can stock up on economy-sized groceries–including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials–grab name-brand electronics, get their vision checked at BJ's Optical, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of the club's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's Wholesale Club's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $3.2 million to charitable organizations.
The Cheese Course pampers dairy devotees with a thoughtfully constructed catering menu of delectable comestibles. Please party-goers with a small platter of sandwiches for six to eight, garnished with imported olives and served on a reusable tray ($54.95). Start some heart-healthy hullabaloo with a fresh fruit bowl and a crunchy crudité tray (both cost $49.95 and serve 10–12), or satisfy fortunate mouths with the company's titular cheese course—a cultured collection of three cheeses, a freshly baked baguette, and fresh fruit ($39.95). Regardless of which grainy goods and pasteurized pleasures you desire, The Cheese Course will have them prepped, arranged, and ready for noshing within 24 hours' time.