Best Lunch Break Spots

by NOËL CODY

 Salvatore's deck overlooking the Merrimack River

Salvatore's deck overlooking the Merrimack River

This summer, stop eating at your desk and start exploring all of the amenities we have here at Riverwalk. 

We know it can be hard to get of the office sometimes, but according to Fast Company, even a 15-20 minute break is a proven way to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day. So why not take a few moments to recharge during the work week, we’ve got a list of local hotspots you can walk to in just minutes.

Sip a smoothie. From fresh juices to healthy super foods, Ulicious is a great grab-and-go place. Their full menu features breakfast bowls, energy boosters, sandwiches and snacks, but it’s their smoothies that will keep you coming back, like Chocolate Nutty Buddy and Lean ‘n Green.

Get a mani/pedi. Treat yourself to a little pampering at JN Nails & Spa. Relax in a luxe chair while enjoying a foot massage followed by a professional pedicure or simply get your nails done in the latest shades—their color collection is pretty amazing!

Burn some calories. Turn up the heat this summer by getting your work out in at FlowFitness. With a 12:15PM class held Monday through Friday, all of the weights and machines you need and the new functional training equipment, there is something for everyone and every level of fitness.

Eat outside. Enjoy the summer season by sitting in the sunshine on the deck at Salvatore’s restaurant. Over-looking the Merrimack River, this is a great place to grab a bite of authentic Italian fare with your co-workers, just don’t forget to bring your sunglasses.

Run an errand. Got some banking you need to do, but can never get there? Enterprise Bank and Merrimack Valley Credit Union are right here and they can help answer any questions you have, from basic banking to credit lines or even wealth management. Plus, there’s a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service as well, so you can get ahead of your financial to-dos during the day!

Practice mindfulness. Need to quiet your mind a little? Body & Brain is the ultimate mid-day escape. Choose from yoga, tai-chi, meditation, martial arts and energy healing for all levels. You might just return to the office feeling revitalized and with more focus than you did before you took a break.

Raise a glass after work. Stop by the Tavern on the Merrimack for happy hour. You can sip great drinks, dish on an amazing menu and listen to live music Friday and Saturday nights. And be sure to check out their backyard garden!