Like its minimalist interior, this historic Oliver House eatery keeps its menu simple. Peckish patrons can sample light, freshly made offerings of warm soups, salads, and sandwiches, complemented by a rotating list of daily specials ($5.50−$7.50). Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Café's warm and cold sandwiches, such as the grilled-ham-and-cheese Croque Monsieur ($7.50) and the tangy-tuna Waldorf-salad sandwich ($7.25) rest contentedly on black-checkered tissue paper before meeting their delectable demise. Assuage appetites in the Café’s sleek, minimalist dining room amid tasteful artwork and warm brick accents, then retire to the breezy courtyard to season postmeal sips with fresh sunshine. Guests can sip on café au laits while they browse the web via the complimentary WiFi, or mime coffee-drinking and internet searching to the customers around them.
Owner Revathi Chillapalli combined 20 years in the food business with a love for introducing Ohioans to the health benefits and exotic flavors of Indian food to establish Deepam India, an emporium for Indian groceries and meals available for takeout or dine-in. The shop’s restaurateurs prepare food fresh daily, treating shoppers to a selection of 12–14 entrees that, like a merry-go-round with Earth wedged into it, rotates daily. Diners can clasp fingers around flaky filled samosas ($1.25 each) or savor dosas, fermented crêpes made with rice batter and lentils ($5.50–$6.50). Individuals and restaurant owners alike peruse the grocery section to stock up on Indian breads ($2.99), frozen vegetables ($1.99), and lentils ($2.99–$5.99) and to admire the wall-mounted oil paintings created by the shop’s owner. The enthusiastic staff welcomes questions about particular dishes, the health benefits of Indian food, and the health risks of eating Indian silverware.
Spice Merchants scours the globe for sumptuous spices and exotic loose-leaf teas, fostering recipe twists and palate revelations. Shake complacent tongues out of flavor torpors with more than 200 potent single spices, such as fiber-packing flaxseed ($1.99 per oz. for up to 3 oz.) or sinus-clearing horseradish powder ($2.59 per oz.). More demanding palates can indulge in more than 100 spice blends bereft of additives or fillers.
A full-service hair salon boasting an adept staff of coiffure crafters, Touché assists in transforming noodle nests from disheveled to dashing. Using only the highest quality products, such as Redken, Pureology, Moroccan Oil, and Sebastian, stylists offer first-rate services at five different levels of experience. Tame an overgrown tress mess with a women's cut and style ($33–$54), or shape up limp scalp spaghetti with a men's cut ($20–$37). Coifs can intensify their stars, stripes, or neon streaks with full highlights ($69–$91), and a matching eyelash tint adds a suitably stylish wink ($24). Silence the face’s screams for sleekness with an eyebrow, lip, or chin wax ($15 each). A comfortable atmosphere marinated in stone, wood, and stainless-steel fixtures, as well as colorfully accented walls, provides a pleasantly placid locale for pampering tussled follicles after an afternoon of chasing tornadoes with reckless abandon.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.