Dealing primarily in drive-up and delivery service, Renee's Espresso and Delivery's small yet robust storefront dishes out a menagerie of café beverages and breakfast and lunch edibles. Intensely smooth coffees such as seven different mochas complement sultry chai teas and refreshing fruit smoothies. A smattering of bagels and pastries tends to appetites, and breakfast burritos, BLTs, and house clubs satisfy through breakfast time and lunch space, which Einstein’s equations explained in plain terms.
Bruttles sweetens teethbuds with a variety of gourmet treats, including caramels, nut brittles, and signature, chocolate-dipped Bruttles. Master candy maker and Bruttles founder Aunt Sophia Gerkensmeyer engineered the 60-year-old recipe for soft peanut-butter brittle, and each batch is still hand-pulled on her original marble slab ($6.50–$22.95). The shop’s signature candy is the peanut-butter Bruttle: soft peanut-butter brittle (sans nuts) dipped in rich, semi-sweet chocolate, ($9.95 for a 12-piece bag). Romantics can appease the impending onslaught of armed cherubs with gift items such as the Valentine truffle sampler, which houses 12 handmade truffles, four peanut Bruttles, and two caramels ($22.95).
Soma shapers can choose to take invigorating group cardio and toning classes or drop by Rep Gym to work out on their own with today’s deal. Guests redeem 10 class vouchers for TRX, Purmotion, or Zumba classes offered throughout the week on a flexible schedule. The gym's TRX cardio-circuit class challenges body-molders with a chiseling 45-minute combo of resistance strength training and drills. Guests unfamiliar with TRX equipment can take a 45-minute beginner class, which familiarizes limbs with the body-refining routine. Physique formers can also slim stomachs and tone thighs to Latin beats during 45-minute or one-hour Zumba classes. The Purmotion circuit-trainer tower shapes bodies with a jungle gym of workout gadgetry, including pulleys, ropes, and pull-up bars, which inspire presidential-fitness-award flashbacks during each 45-minute class.
"We had a customer, a good friend, who lost 100 pounds." Laura Heikkila beams as she tells the story. "She promised herself as soon as she got to that goal weight, she'd get a whole new wardrobe from the boutique as a reward," Laura says. "When she came in, we could see how excited she was. It was awesome." When Laura says "we," she's referring to her co-owner and best friend, Melissa Valdovinos. It was their mutual love of fashion that started the Smitten Clothing Boutique ball rolling. "We'd travel to California and go shopping, and our friends would be jealous," Laura explains. "So we were rollerblading and talking one day. We decided right there to bring some of Los Angeles here." Within the week, Laura and Melissa signed a lease on a place, but there was still one important thing left to do. "I was looking for a name, something catchy and one word. And then, I thought of smitten. It means, ‘to be in love with something.’" Smitten owes some of its success and foot traffic to its attachment to The Coeur d'Alene Resort, which boasts numerous awards including a spot on Travel + Leisure's list of 500 World's Best Hotels in 2009 and a five-star resort rating from Golf Digest. The other key to their success is their loyal clientele. "My mom shops here, and she's 72. But it's really all the regulars, stopping in weekly for the new styles." Laura's referring to the items she ships in from LA, including pieces from Rock Revival, Billabong, and LA Idol, a popular brand which often sells out within a week. During winter months, the duo helms shopping parties, such as Women Who Wine, and hosts fashion shows that benefit local charities. The two love helping people, both on and off the clock. "Taking someone who has no idea what to wear and helping them find their fashion, it's amazing. But the main thing is that Melissa and I love each other. And we have a lot of fun."
The premium nonfat and low-calorie frozen yogurt at Jamms is freshly prepared daily, with enough innovative toppings available to make infinite intriguing concoctions. Much like old-timey corner candy stores owned by mustachioed oil barons, Jamms charges by the ounce, so self-serving flavor seekers can pile on as much yogurt and toppings as they like. Customers get a choice 10 different flavors of yogurt ($0.40/oz.). Stick to the chocolate classic, or bask in the hot Latin breeze with a swirl of dulce de leche cake batter. With more than 70 toppings as varied as fresh fruit, chocolate-chip cookie dough, mochi, brownie pieces, and carob chips, each completed yogurt canvas emerges as unique as the thumbprint of a recently arrested snowflake.
Top This Frozen Yogurt & Treats democratizes the process of frozen yogurt ordering, affording customers the opportunity to choose toppings and flavor combinations to accent creamy dollops of probiotic, gluten-free, low-fat, or nonfat frozen yogurt. Amidst the vibrant environs, enveloped by walls dotted with glossy red and green spheres, customers may select the receptacle size before heading over to the dispensers where they can collate a myriad of velvety concoctions from 15 daily flavors such as chocolate kisses and alpine vanilla or Flatt and Scruggs. Top This offers a cadre of more than 65 different toppings, which customers can choose to accent frozen yogurt creations or arrange into miniature depictions of the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima. Customers can take their amalgamations to the register where its weight will determine the cost ($0.40 per ounce). Cozy up with newly constructed treats near the fireplace where customers can catch some warming rays or transfigure their handiwork into a creamy soup du jour.