The bakers at Bread Head Bakery & Coffee Shop have an obsession with freshness, imbuing their baked-daily breads with ingredients such as whole-wheat flour, oats, eggs, raw sugar, and cocoa powder. Using slices from these fluffy loaves, they craft delicious dishes all day, such as the Meat Head sammie—a blend of pepperoni, cheddar, honey ham, and house-made stone-ground garlic mustard served with a fresh-baked muffin. They also specialize in breakfast fare (which they cheekily name “wake-and-bakes”) such as breakfast quesadillas, as well as premium coffee, which they grind fresh before brewing each batch.
The foodsmiths as Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor construct a menu loaded with made-from-scratch cuisine and creamy frozen desserts served in an old-fashioned ambience. Silence hunger pangs with an ample array of diner-style sandwiches, such as reubens ($6.65), patty melts ($5), and half-pound angus burgers ($6.85). For dessert, indulge in more than a dozen ice-cream flavors, which can be scooped solo ($1.65–$3.45), mixed into sundaes ($2.65–$4.40), or blended into velvety milkshakes ($3.65–$4.40). The parlor's Bittner blends three-quarter-pounds of vanilla ice cream, homemade chocolate sauce, and roasted pecans into a classic creation ($3.95) popular since the 1930s, when the New Deal established dessert as a meal.
At T’s Cones & Coneys, the menu's boardwalk-style fare tastes like summer year-round. T’s specializes in creative hot dogs, such as the Rueben, topped with thousand-island dressing and sauerkraut, and the Lil Spicy Chicago dog, which hides a dollop of coney sauce beneath hot Italian pepper relish. It also serves up grilled sandwiches and subs, all of which partner perfectly with frozen treats such as hand-dipped ice-cream cones, malts, and root-beer floats.
Family Massage Therapy helps clients unwind with the stress-vanquishing strokes of Swedish, therapeutic, and relaxation massages. Treatments take place in Family Massage’s private room, which has blue and green hues that evoke an astronaut’s view of the planet Earth hiding in a blueberry patch. Alternatively, the Family Massage team travels to homes and offices, offering 10- to 15-minute chair massages for staff-appreciation days and other events.
The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.