Adults sip gourmet coffee as they unleash their children onto elaborate play equipment within Sodium's spacious facility, which also hosts labs for kids to experiment with art, music, and technology. Seated atop posh leather couches gripping steaming cups of freshly brewed lattes, cappuccinos, or mochas, parents watch their offspring scramble up wooden rungs and into a towering tree fort within Sodium’s cheerful yellow walls. Equipped with rock walls for older kids and complex mock villages complete with imagination-fostering grocery stores, diners, and credit unions for preschool entrepreneurs, Sodium’s play space caters to young explorers of all ages and interests. In addition to freeform playtime, kids supplement academics with organized workshops such as math and science tutoring, as well as raucous drumming, messy arts and crafts, and stimulating discussions about relativity.
Vienna Coffee House and Bistro provides high-quality coffee products by roasting fresh gourmet coffee beans in small batches at its 3,000-square-foot roastery. By culminating the caffeinated powers of 100% hand-picked Arabica specialty-grade green coffee beans, Vienna ensures a savory cup of java juice with five selections every day. Compose a requiem for your about-to-be-consumed pal Mozart Amadeus, a 12 oz. mocha with coconut and hazelnut syrup topped with whipped cream and fresh coconut shavings ($4.09), or get amped up about the 12 oz. red eye ($2.99) with espresso and coffee. Along with breakfast sandwiches and snacks, Vienna Coffee House offers an impressive menu of paninis, wraps, and salads. Take taste buddies on vacation to a tropical-chicken-spinach-wrap island filled with lettuce, mango-avocado chutney, and curry-mango sauces ($6.49). The turkey-bacon panini provides a mouthful of tomatoes, red onions, provolone, and pesto mayo grilled between rosemary bread ($5.99).
Prepare to savor potent sips after stocking up on a wide selection of invigorating leaves culled from World Cup of Tea’s fragrant confines. Sold in 2 oz. packages, varieties such as white, green, oolong, black, and herbal teas help spark mornings like a series of gentle sweet- smelling slaps to the face. Stuff shoes to the brim with a classic Earl Grey blend ($2), marvel at the flashback-inducing textures of the luxe Jade Goddess tea ($8.20), or boost brainpower to supervillain levels with Dragon Flower green tea ($3.95). The shelves also play host to a variety of non-drinkable, tea-related products. Tote teas in five-cup pots available in a variety of colors ($10 each), pamper bodies with white- or green-tea lotions and shower gels ($11.99 each), or masterfully concoct blends with the aid of a cookbook such as Tea Table Secrets: Recipes and Other Tips From the World Cup of Tea Kitchen ($13.50).
In addition an extensive variety of bean-juice beverages with Zoka Coffee (which won the coveted Macro Roaster of the Year award from Roast Magazine in 2007), Maxximo Jo's offers a full menu of tea, specialty cold drinks, smoothies, freshly made gelato, sorbetto, and baked goods. Actors playing grooms get in character over the intermingling of white and dark chocolate in the tuxedo ($3.45/sm), while real-life brides gulp white-chocolate mocha frappes ($3.65/sm) to make dress trains perky enough to hover above the ground. For a classic fix, slurp the silky combination of steamed milk and espresso in a café latte ($2.85 for a small), or treat tasters to a walk on the wild side with a mocha valencia (dark chocolate with a twist of orange, $3.45/sm). Wake from dreams of cows balancing papayas on their noses with 100% fruit peach-pear-apricot smoothies ($3.80/sm) or Maxximo Jo's large selection of fresh gelato and sorbetto flavors ($4 for 6 oz. cup), often featuring favorites such as pistachio, guava, and caramel.
Symmetry is a one-stop shop for all things healthy living. Here, the staff treats physical ailments and dietary deficiencies with massage, chiropractic services, colonics, and nutrient-rich foods. They stock their shelves with bulk herbs, supplements, massage tools, and their own brand of essential oils and perfumes, which can help you feel more relaxed than a sloth in a bubble bath. They also cultivate several garden towers and a 3-acre plot of land dedicated to growing fresh produce, located just 2 miles from the store.
Recently, they expanded their array of services with the Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar, where staffers churn organic, local fruits and veggies into juice and smoothies. In addition to selling their concoctions individually, they also develop menus for juice cleanses. They've received much positive feedback on the new beverage bar and have had clients integrate their creations into doctor-prescribed treatment plans for diseases such as cancer.
A sandwich board etched with colorful chalk sits outside Sky Blue Cafe, beckoning patrons into the historic brick building with handwritten descriptions of blue cheese stuffed burgers and homemade peach cobbler. Patrons drawn in by the daily homemade specials are soon greeted by friendly baristas with steaming cups of Drew’s Brews coffee and fresh-baked bagels from Bagel Face Bakery, located just down the street. The staff encourages patrons to relax for a while inside the cafe’s sunny yellow walls or outside on the patio with a plateful of stuffed french toast or sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch don’t end until 5 p.m., when the kitchen starts crafting dinner fare, such as roasted chicken, fish 'n' grits, or boiled chef’s hats.