Timbuktu pumps high-speed Internet into 28 computers and gaming systems such as Wii and Xbox Kinect, giving guests an opportunity to virtually compete against opponents or watch Netflix and Hulu. Customers can use the game card on numerous occasions for 10 months after activation, splitting time up as they please in virtual tennis matches, educational games, and classics such as Zelda and stickball. The gaming zone has turned columns into playful palm trees and painted tropical murals on the walls, letting players shun Mother Nature in favor of a gamer's paradise, and stocks snacks in the café to satisfy hungry players after virtual sporting events.
Sweets! punctuates any occasion with an exclamation point by dishing out high-quality treats. Inside the charming Auburn Hills shop, sunlight stretches across the floors and brick walls, and visitors kick back while sipping iced lattes, iced espressos, and other coffee drinks—each crafted from locally roasted Great Lakes beans. Hungry visitors can also fill up on housemade soup and chilli.
As much as it appears to be a full-on café, Sweets! doubles as a source of fresh baked goods and premium ice cream, too. In fact, the shop stands as Michigan’s sole retailer of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. It serves the frozen treat in a seemingly endless array of flavors, including seasonal specialties.
The glass pastry case inside Buckner's: A Dessert Cafe holds an assortment of sweets crafted by bakers across Metro Detroit. Patrons can savor forkfuls of cheesecake and pie, nibble cupcakes and brownies, or lick scoops of Ashby's ice cream instead of their neighbors’ earlobes. Pours of coffee, hot chocolate, and tea pair well with the café's treats.
The Dessert Oasis' expert baristas conjure more than 300 kinds of coffee drinks out of caffeinated air and matchmake them to the sundry eponymous sweets baked fresh every day. A café mocha ($2.85–$3.95) or a latte ($2.45–$3.45) might arrive adorned with an artistic dollop of milk foam in the shape of a flower, heart, or eerily accurate portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The full-bodied house blend ($1.45–$2.10) or a complexly flavored cup of 100 percent Kona beans ($3.50–$5) fuel inject a more straight-up jolt into drowsy commuters. The eatery's signature cheese or chocolate fondue ($9.95–$19.95) add a delicious coating to any dippable delight, be it a hunk of bread or neighbor's car keys.
Juicy mangos, strawberries, pineapples, and limes aren't safe in the hands of Crushed Premium founder Roz Cordova. With her special knack for deliciously combining fruit, vegetables, and the occasional splash of milk—no sugar, preservatives, or synthetic cocktail umbrellas allowed—the result is smoothies like her classic strawberry banana, mango lemonade, pina colada, and kale-laced mango greenade varieties. She also brings her special recipes to corporate events and parties, where she blends them up on the spot for guests.
Let's set the scene: a stone fireplace radiates heat, laughter and conversation blend into a blanket of white noise, and the aroma of freshly ground coffee permeates everything. This could easily be a person's version of heaven, but it's actually a place that exists in this earthly realm. Welcome to Bean and Tea Company.
One of Detroit's newest spots for enjoying a steamy cup of tea or coffee, Bean and Tea Company has already established itself as a local meeting place dedicated to relaxation and social activity. It's the kind of coffee shop where friends gather around cozy tables, strangers get to know one another, and bookworms snack on their favorite textbooks in peace.