In 1927, thousands of feet above the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was shielded from the elements only by the Spirit of St. Louis' thin linen covering. His eyes, though, boasted much sturdier protection on that historic flight?a custom pair of goggles designed by brothers A.P. and August Erker. More than 80 years and four generations later, the Erker name still stands behind high-quality optics.
Jack Erker Jr., great-grandson of August, presides over the business's two present-day locations, which have also played their part in adorning famous eyes. During Jack's tenure, Will Smith, John Goodman, and Shaquille O'Neal have all stopped in to swap needlepoint tips and grab a pair of stylish frames, which are sourced from Italian and German design houses, as well as his own manufacturing division, Studio Optyx.
In the 1920s, Grace Viviano Piccione saw the first glimmers of Delmar Boulevard's impending heyday. At the time, it was a multicultural neighborhood, perfect for raising the four children she would have with husband and Italian immigrant Paul Piccione. Today, Delmar is part of the Loop?a thriving shopping district. But Delmar is still a perfect place for Piccione Pastry, the bakery founded by Grace's grandson Richard in her honor. Fittingly, its menu includes classic Italian cannolis, as well as a lighter version; pastries, tarts, and Italian tiramisu; and cookies, coffee, and espresso. The selection also includes gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free alternatives for customers.
If you're not careful, a visit to Cafe Nova in the morning for a cup of espresso or frothy cappuccino could go for hours, which is perfectly acceptable as Cafe Nova serves Mediterranean lunches and dinners in addition to breakfast. Start off with a cup of coffee and a croissant drizzled in honey before moving on to crispy falafels, cucumber and feta rolls, and flaky spanakopita. Then, as dinner rolls around, feast on shrimp skewers, burgers, and paninis paired with glasses of wine, beer, or martinis from the full bar.
Still hungry? Try a dessert—such as baklava, cupcakes, or hot chocolate spiked with Bailey's—while relaxing and surfing Cafe Nova's free WiFi.
Choice Saint Louis is a caf? open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner with an outside patio. The chefs here create wholesome morning meals of eggs benedict to hot oatmeal with fresh fruit, that can be complimented with a hot cup of coffee or freshly brewed tea. During the lunch hour caf?-goers can opt for a varied selection of sandwiches, creative salads, daily soups, and pizza. Thin-crust pizzas can be assembled on regular or gluten-free crusts using toppings such as grilled chicken and fresh veggies. The diner also hosts a number of gluten-free breads, wraps, pizza crusts, and pastries for customers looking for healthier options.
If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice?s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn?t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it?s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.
Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there?s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there?s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice?all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.
In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.
At Smiles Coffeehouse, the menu features a varied selection of sandwiches, salads, and, of course, coffee drinks. Baristas brew mochas, macchiatos, and iced coffee. Sandwich makers, meanwhile, stack roasted chicken breast, pesto, marinara, tomato, and melted provolone to make the chicken focaccia sandwich—one of seven signature sandwiches. If the caffeine boosts and savory sandwiches aren't enough to perk up patrons, bright yellow and red walls fill the interior like a sunrise or a sky with lots of paint in it.