In as little as 12 minutes, patrons can bronze their bodies in Tanning Haven’s Matrix bed. It is outfitted with more than 22,000 watts and six facial tanners. Less intense tanning options, such as base beds and standup beds, are also available and allow clients to relax for up to 25 minutes each session. For those wanting a glow sans UV rays, an airbrush tan or dip in a bath of melted pennies does the trick.
Though fourth-generation dairy farmer Jim King and his wife, Angel, craft the artisanal cheeses at Blue Jacket Dairy, it’s fair to say that the creamery is a fifth-generation family business. The youngest members of the King clan are already hard at work sticking labels on finished wedges of cheddar, quark, and mozzarella, as well as learning to communicate with cows through telepathy. The King family uses small-scale equipment to produce both fresh and aged cheeses, including its signature Gretna Grilling—a semisoft, halloumi-style cheese made with pasteurized whole milk. In addition to chevre, mozzarella, and feta cheeses, Blue Jacket’s team makes small batches of fresh, unaged cheddar curds, which it prepares plain or flavored with dill, chipotle, garlic, or ranch.
The Friendly Fox's new, expanded menu caters to hunger of any size, shape, or viscosity. Soothe the digestive beast with a quick, cheesy appetizer of friendly tots (oven-baked potato rounds stuffed with melted cheddar, $5.25) and a frosty-cold white-chocolate friendly frappe ($3.75–$4.25). Or satisfy an empty palate with the friendly burger basket (grilled Angus beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and undercover spy mayo, served with chips and coleslaw, $7.98). For maximum coziness, come in for a breakfast cup of locally roasted Crazy Sisters coffee ($1.60–$1.95) and quiche ($4.50), or refuse to get up in the morning and take advantage of the café's breakfast-all-day policy. For actual early risers, a plethora of freshly baked delights, such as muffins ($1.95), scones ($2.25), and cinnamon rolls ($2.25), complement the morning mug of black and white mocha ($3.50–$4.35) in grand fashion.
When perched on a cushy high-rise seat inside the retro environs of Cindy's Diner, one will likely encounter owner John Scheele as he darts about the kitchen, whipping up hearty home-style dishes lauded by reporters from News Sentinel. He sets down simmering plates of farm-fresh eggs, stacks of hot cakes, and thick sandwiches on the bright red and chrome bar, taking time to greet new faces and exchange new jokes with the regulars. When the skilled cook gets an order for his signature "garbage" breakfast, he cracks open eggs before mixing in potatoes, cheese, onions, and ham. He also creates fresh donuts using an old-fashioned machine, icing the warm morsels in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.
John keeps his establishment a family affair with his wife Cindy, along with their three children and 20 grandchildren, who can often be spotted serving plates of all-day breakfast and refilling mugs of coffee. Rustic jukeboxes rest on the countertop, showcasing a selection of old-timey tunes, such as "Seven Spanish Angels" and "There's No Such Thing as a Cordless Telephone".
Gather your ladies-who-lunch and steeping savants to attend a tea-drinking soiree in the Peony's quaint, historic teahouse, with services specializing in afternoon teatime and custom-blended brews. The Queen Victoria tea party includes a medley of tea-complementing noshables such as finger sandwiches, classic cream scones, pastries, and the Queen's personal favorite—sponge cake—all accompanied by a pot of the teahouse's blend of the day. Transport yourself back to the Victorian era, and enjoy a leisurely afternoon socializing and sipping in the elegant atmosphere, featuring fine china, original fireplaces (circa 1885), and elaborate stained-glass windows. Reservations are required, so call ahead.
Named after the current owner's great-aunt, Abby Brown's has sold specialty chocolates and candies in Indiana for more than 34 years. Unlike candy stores that cater mostly to the hyperactive sugar dependency of children and biker gangs, Abby Brown's takes pride in selling old-fashioned, sophisticated confections that are refined enough for the adult palate, but sweet enough to tempt the whole family. A 1 lb. box of assorted milk and dark chocolates ($22.95, or $11.95 for 8 oz.) is the candy shop’s most popular box, satisfying a variety of tastes, while xocolatophobics might prefer to indulge in soft butter caramels or Boston baked beans. Other favorites include classics such as malted milk balls and chocolate-covered espresso beans, as well as more than 35 different flavors of black licorice ($12.95 for a 1 lb. 8 oz. assortment) including a salted black licorice, which, like haggis and space opera, is an acquired taste.
Located within the historical Engine House #10 in East State Village, Firehouse Tea & Coffee Café serves up fair-trade and organic café treats in a memorable setting. Baristas steep more than 60 types of loose-leaf teas, blend coffee milkshakes, and prepare bubble teas—pairing the drinks with snacks such as curry-chicken sandwiches and quiche. Local art adorns the café's walls, and live bands entertain on scheduled nights. Patrons can also get in on the musical action themselves during open-mic nights.