More than 50 loose-leaf teas line the shelves at Iris & Ivory Teahouse & Cafe. To provide suitable pairings for these brews?which range in flavor from subtle and earthy to fruity and complex?the caf? serves traditional accompaniments, including quiche and made-from-scratch scones with lemon curd and devonshire cream. An array of house-made sandwiches, such as cranberry-chicken salad and roast beef with wasabi-horseradish mayo, round out the menu. The teahouse also holds special-event dinners and formal teas in its lushly appointed Iris Room.
Inside the large and loungy space of Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar, visitors sip on fresh-brewed coffees from camping mugs decorated with anchors. Folks can grab their fresh-baked pastries to go or stay awhile at one of the tables or easy chairs. The new coffee shop has quickly become a neighborhood staple for more than just a cup of joe. People also pop in for artisanal teas, freshly-built sandwiches, and quirkily themed specials, such as Bastille Day scones.
The chefs at Café Vita craft a menu of gourmet Italian fare from fresh, locally purchased ingredients. Evening meals fit for two kings or four royal comptrollers can commence with Café Vita's signature appetizer, the artichoke romano, which anoints artichoke hearts in flour and egg before sautéing them into a crispy, golden shell. Ravioli pillows stuffed with portobello and porcini mushrooms are lulled to sleep in a blanket of sherry cream sauce. Much like a velvet bib worn over a freshly pressed Armani suit, the veal parmesan's marinara-and-parmesan-studded cape belies the crispness of its flour-battered surface. Diners can swap big-fish stories over a plate of sautéed calamari swimming in a linguine strewn with buoys of garlic and cherry tomatoes. A house-made dessert ends meals on a sweet note reminiscent of Mozart's unfinished Requiem for a Fumbled Twizzler.
The skilled aestheticians at Aniko's Hungarian Skin Care and Spa tend to the skin, hair, and soul with a variety of beautifying services. Nourish the face without bathing it in a bowl of goulash with the restorative 30-minute Light Me Up facial, which employs Éminence organic skin products to exfoliate, massage, mask, and moisturize vexed visages (a $50 value). Dried-out pouts can soak in the three-step lip treatment, which refines the kissers with fruit enzymes, hydrates them with an extra-rich mask, and plumps each with a minty collagen balm. A brow wax tidies and shapes over-eye arches, resulting in refined looks of surprise when cast as the face double for an incredulous movie star (a $25 value).
Though Moon Flight Car Wash and Coffee might seem like an unusual assemblage of businesses, its mission is clear: to offer clients fast, efficient services that don’t require them to leave their vehicles. Customers can cruise through an automated car wash, pick out their favorite drinks and treats from a drive-thru café menu, and finally have that car-horn honk-off they’ve always been meaning to do. For night owls, Moon Flight's self-serve washes are open 24 hours a day, and the coffee shop serves Kiva Han Coffee and Enrico Biscotti starting in the early hours of the morning.
Pets also can receive a cleaning in one of Moon Flight’s self-service dog-wash rooms, which are stocked with two shampoo formulas, skunk-odor remover, conditioner, and a blow dryer. Left smelling fresher than a rose auditioning for the lead role in a bouquet, well-behaved dogs can trot over to the drive-thru window to receive a free treat.