The Coffee Beanery's methods of roasting and brewing coffee transcend from process to artistry. For 36 years, the international chain has roasted its own hand-selected beans at its Michigan headquarters using its trademarked Right Roast technique, in which humans take the place of robots to roast small batches to their peak flavor. Each of their kosher-certified coffee flavors sets taste buds alight without the use of sugar, alcohol, lactose, or glow sticks. Decaffeinated versions drip into cups sans chemicals, as each batch is made with only the Swiss Water Process.
Party Cakes’ expert bakers alchemize fresh ingredients into delectable baked goods topped with homemade vanilla or chocolate buttercream icing. Adorn fall feasts with a dozen autumn-themed cupcakes, embellished with chocolate acorns, sugary pumpkins, or candy-covered haystacks. Halloween-themed cupcakes brandish spooky ornamentation, such as spiders hunching over black-icing webs, perfect for holiday get-togethers or monthly meetings of arachnid enthusiasts.
Elwin & Company's bakers rise early every morning to bake fresh scones and other sweet treats, hosting quick breakfasts or leisurely morning lounging inside the European-style café. Presorted dozens of demi-scones mix and match 12 of the 36 varieties, such as raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon twist, and blueberry, to form a rag-tag troupe of dense delicacies ready to please taste buds at morning meetings or to console a group of fifth-grade girls at the end of their slumber party. For a lower calorie count, nibblers can sink teeth into fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb pastries. To wash down excess crumbs or the keys to the captured sweet treats' handcuffs, guests can relish in sips of steaming house coffee.
Teatime evokes the Victorian era, when gentlemen and ladies would gather around a steaming pot to discuss the day’s developments and try to come up with a better name than tea cozy. Victorian Tea Parlor emulates these days past in a strikingly authentic atmosphere. At lunch or high tea, guests set the kickstands on their penny farthings before pouring tea, hot chocolate, or lemonade and snacking on sandwiches and salads amid vintage furniture and soft yellow walls. Shelves of Victorian-inspired antiques and jewelry, displays of more than 62 teas from brands such as Harney & Sons, and teacups add to the cozy atmosphere and can be purchased for use at home.
Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
At Five15's weekend bingo matches, players don't come to win a jackpot or to appease their grandmothers. They come for the drag queen hostesses and their good-natured abuse, adult humor, and vivacity. A rotating roster of queens includes Sabin, September Murphy, and the acerbic comedienne Lauren Jacobs AKA the Queen of Mean. Clustered around round tables, sipping smoothies or chai lattes from the full coffee bar, the patrons of Drag Queen Bingo defy categorization?gay, straight, men, women, and even the occasional 90-year-old, according to the Detroit Free Press. Each patron is fair game for the hosts' humorous darts, especially when they pick up their prizes. Historically, adult-themed prizes have included mugs, T-shirts, and clippings from the Wall Street Journal. _ Detroit Free Press_ quotes a patron as observing, "It's not my mother's bingo. It's nobody's mother's bingo."