Chef Clarence Robinson fills plates with Louisiana-style gourmet fare at Reecee's Café, an intimate restaurant situated kitty-corner from the Morse Red Line station. Favorably featured in the New York Times, the restaurant's diverse menu of standards and specials includes dishes such as chicken and shrimp étouffée, gumbo, sweet-potato cheesecake, and beignets, served with chicory coffee.
Evil Squirrel Comics’ knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff keeps the shop’s shelves teeming with new releases and back issues from an extensive inventory of in-store comics, while digital comics download straight from Evil Squirrel’s website onto portable reading devices for online perusal. Titles from Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse entice both young and mature readers with familiar characters, such as The Incredible Hulk and Batman, as well as newly forged mutants and emotionally distant living deads. Regular events, including a kid-focused movie club and a role-playing-game night, invite fellow enthusiasts to mingle at the store before hauling home back issues available for $3 per pound.
Since 1935, Roberts Cycle has been peddling cycles and enhancing rides with professional repairs and accessories. The friendly staff stocks the shop with accessories and bicycles from renowned brands such as Raleigh, Diamond Back, and KHS for novice and advanced cyclists alike. The expert technicians specialize in every type of cycle, servicing BMX bikes alongside racing and mountain bikes, with fixes including tune-ups and tightening brakes. To help customers learn to maintain their cycles themselves, the knowledgeable staff doles out tips for problems such as flat tires, squealing brakes, and pessimistic, unmotivated chains.
After spending a few years in the fitness industry at a large health club, Tony Barbanente realized he wanted more. His vision was to lose the retail-store vibe that plagued big gyms, and to instead curate a comfortable atmosphere to encourage members and trainers to focus on just one thing—fitness. His family-owned fitness facility offers members 8,000 square feet of pristinely maintained equipment. Rows of ellipticals, stationary bikes, and treadmills help guests ramp up their endurance in preparation for competitive races or chasing cars, and strength machines and free weights, including kettlebells, bolster muscles. In addition to the choose-your-own-workout route, V-Tone's class schedule includes indoor cycling and 20-minute Buns 'n' Gunz workouts to sculpt glutes and upper bodies. For those seeking individualized attention, trainers customize personal-training sessions to each trainee, seeking to improve their lives through better health and fitness.
The wine aficionados at Taste Food and Wine acquaint palates with sundry wine varietals, complemented by gourmet meats, cheeses, and deli fare. Free tastings on select weeknights allow patrons to sample various reds and whites, and the wine-of-the-month club supplies subscribers with two bottles that, like a stray salesman, make regular appearances on doorsteps. The deli coaxes out each note in complex wines with an array of munchables such as fresh pastas, smoked salmon rolls, prosciutto, and imported and domestic cheeses.
A full-service tailor and dry cleaner, Tanya Tailor keeps garments clean and tackles tailoring projects from simple hem adjustments to made-to-measure suits and gowns. The team of seamstresses is also skilled in household fabrics, creating custom window treatments and bedding, or reupholstering worn-out furniture.