Sunlight streams through large windows and glints off the glossy wood floor as yoga students twist and stretch next to exposed brick walls. Other guests can undergo spa treatments or massages at the hands of capable staff members. The Christian-based health hub, which welcomes visitors of all faiths, approaches wellness from a holistic perspective that considers the health of the mind, body, and spirit together. Fitness classes keep Pilates practitioners, kickboxers, and studious punching bags busy before they relax during massages and slimming body wraps.
With two locations in Battle Creek, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
Smith Farm Market boasts a large variety of local plants and produce offered during the spring through the end of October, and baked goods year-round. Housed in a late-1800s school building, its bakery crafts 26 varieties of pie, 14 flavors of kettle fudge, and cookies, cakes, and breads. In the summer-time customers will find crops of famous sweet corn, melons, homegrown tomatoes, peaches, and apples alongside perennials, soil, and vegetable plants and seeds. Additionally, the market sells local products such as jams, Amish cheeses, and honey.
The Dream Dinners experience is like a cross between a barn raising and a bar crawl, minus the alcohol and hard labor. After you choose from a rotating menu of up to 17 dishes per month, you schedule a spot at one of Dream Dinners' fun and easy preparation sessions. During the sessions, many have been known to dance between food stations, following easy instructions as they bag, season, and all but cook their families' meals for the month. After your session, take the uncooked meals home to your freezer and prepare them nightly for no-thought-required, delicious meals that'll keep you healthy, full, and free to think about times tables and monkey rentals on your daily commute. The succulent menu items will fool even the most fastidious foodies into thinking you slaved over the stove to prepare such deliciously complex dishes as cider-braised pork chops, garlic-balsamic–marinated steak, and creamy chicken-chipotle ravioli. Dazzle your dining-room table with fancy restaurant fare or serve up casual and comfort foods full of flavor, like sage-crusted pork chops and Tuscan chicken with fettuccine.
It would take a keen pair of eyes to spot all of the frames on display at Ellet Vision and Jackson Eyecare. With hundreds of options from designers such as Polo, Guess, and Calvin Klein, the stores' staff has no shortage of options to suit every face shape. Along with prescription sunglasses and contact lenses, they stock safety glasses that protect eyes from debris while sawing rivals’ cars in half. Just bring your prescription in to one of the two shops, and the staff can match it to a style of your choice.