Husband and wife Angel and James are Partners in Cake. Angel takes care of the baking, while James takes care of the decorating and crafting scenes with fondant and gum paste. Completely self-taught, Angel accumulated a wealth of skills while studying under her mother in the kitchen. James, the master sculptor, draws inspiration from his days as a childhood Play-Doh aficionado. Friends encouraged the two to practice their pastry hobby fulltime, and when their creative forces meet, the two craft custom cakes for all occasions, including weddings and graduations. Their creations include edible 3D renditions of intergalactic robot R2D2, the Statue of Liberty, and Michael Jordan's shoe from Space Jam, which was easier to recreate than his heart of gold. At the heart of each creation are pillowy layers of cake in flavors such as red velvet, banana, and lemon zest, with fillings such as cream cheese, coconut cream, and lemon curd.
Antigua Coffee House's brewers take their chosen potion seriously. They use Chemex coffeemakers to brew a quality cup of Joe. They invent unexpected flavor combinations. A local priest even blessed their favorite concoction, the Mayan mocha. To be fair, the Mayan mocha is something special: Antigua's coffeemakers blend raw cacao with cinnamon, stir in raw-cane sugar sourced from Mexico, and add some anise to espresso they say they've roasted according to a secret mathematical formula.
Coffee isn't the only thing at Antiqua Coffee House. While taste buds soak up expertly brewed blends, eyes savor local artwork. The café is so committed to its community's art that it helped organize events like Artwalk: Through the Tunnel. Artwalk was the brainchild of owner Yancey Quinones, who temporarily converted the city's underground tunnels into a welcoming, vibrant exhibition.