Open Monday through Saturday starting at 6 a.m., Coffee Aroma is a dependable little spot to nab simple breakfast and lunch items. Brewed coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, along with hearty sandwiches and salads, are the mainstay of this no-frills quick eatery.
Inside a historic warehouse lies East Falls Fitness, a 10,000-square-foot facility that features three fitness rooms, rows of cardio and strength equipment, and full-service locker rooms with showers and saunas. The gym’s high ceilings hover above such back-to-basics exercise apparatus as stationary bicycles, pull-up bars, weight racks, and personal cheerleading squads. Group fitness programs strengthen bodies and social ties in spin classes, yoga classes, and Latin-inspired Zumba classes. The certified trainers get members off to a running start with a free health assessment before leading them through a high-intensity regimen tailored to their individual workout goals. Post-workout, members can wipe their brows with complimentary towels, visit the smoothie bar for a fruity blend, coffee, or snack, and impress passersby outside by pulling out of free parking spaces.
Science has proven that the sense of smell is closely connected to both memory and cookie desire. Sniff your way to memorably tasty baked goods with today’s Groupon to Sugar & Spice Bakeshop. For $5, you’ll get $10 worth of muffins, croissants, cookies, cupcakes, and sandwiches. The vibrant red walls and colorful wall art beckon even the noseless to sit atop a tall chair at the serpentine counter or cozy up with a friend on the red sofa.
Within a warmly lit exposed-brick interior, the flavor mavens at Manakeesh Cafe Bakery prepare a bounty of Lebanese-American fusion dishes lauded by ABC-6 news and Philadelphia magazine. Halal meats share the menu with vegetarian and vegan options as well as savory starters. Freshly baked manakeesh flatbread sandwiches journey through an open-flame oven, allowing guests to detail each movement with their own suspenseful voiceover narration. Diners can opt for a yogurt-cheese-spread labneh sandwich or invite the shawarma, which tucks sirloin into a fluffy flatbread coverlet, to a mouth sleepover party. A piece of the café's signature baklava soothes sweet teeth, and a strong Turkish coffee can fortify an extended stay inside a Trojan horse.
Cream & Sugar's effervescent hostesses sprinkle parties with garnishing expertise and all of the edible ingredients for 75 minutes of frosted fun. Select a cupcake-decorating party, where up to six sweet-toothed guests adorn one dozen cupcakes in three colors of rich butter-cream frosting. The party host selects of the number of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes in advance, then nominates two of four flavors of butter cream fresh for the topping. Dexterous instructors sculpt immaculate frosted flowers and Sesame Street characters to illustrate proper techniques to pupils, and ambitious fingers can dip into frosting to append sprinkles and m&m's for finger-licking extra credit.