Ocean House Surf Shop and Cafe isn't just a place you get the latest surfing gear. It's a place where people go to experience the ocean in new ways. Staff lead group and individual surfing lessons in which they cover the basics of paddling, balancing, and turning on rental boards from top brands such as Rip Curl and Walden. For those looking for something more unique, they also have a yoga instructor on staff who teaches classes atop standup paddleboards afloat at sea. To help fuel surfers, SUPers, and yogis, staff also serve up cafe fare such as scones, coffee, and paninis. These confer a healthy boost of energy to surfers without the risks of wearing battery packs in the ocean.
Once they open the shop in the early morning, Jitters Cafe's sandwich makers stop looking at the clock. They prepare their slate of breakfast paninis any time of the day, giving patrons the ability to bite into hot ham-and-egg sandwiches or scarf down grilled-cheese sandwiches whenever the mood strikes. The lunch hour unlocks another list of paninis and salads that join in the hunger-fighting mission throughout the rest of the day. Each sandwich is made with bread freshly delivered that morning from local sources and pairs well with the shop’s brewed coffee.
As a candy shop, ice cream parlor, bakery, and coffee destination, Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream has a little something sweet for everyone. In glass jars above the coolers, brightly-colored candy wrappers make a rainbow of options. Meanwhile, the pastry case shelves are lined with a wide variety fresh-baked muffins that pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee?ground and brewed behind the counter?while scoops of ice cream are offered year-round, even during national gazpacho week.
Honey Dew Donuts founder Dick Bowen didn’t expect anything special to happen one winter morning in 1978. He simply arrived at his shop in Plainville, greeted his co-baker, and waited for the day's customers. Instead, what showed up was a devastating storm, known henceforth as the Blizzard of '78. The two bakers were snowed in and had nobody to serve their signature donuts to. Making the best of an unfortunate situation, they began experimenting in the kitchen and ultimately came up with the cinnamon stick, a helix of cinnamon and fried dough that would help their business reach even greater levels of popularity.
The snow ultimately melted, and Honey Dew Donuts went on to open several additional locations throughout New England. In addition to Bowen's signature cinnamon sticks, each shop serves steamy coffee drinks, freshly baked muffins, and dozens of other donut varieties.
At Par 97, there's nothing weird about bringing your golf clubs to the dinner table. The eatery's high-definition golf simulators work much like real-world golf courses, in that players hit real balls with real clubs?but when the balls hit the screen, they turn digital, landing on cyberworld recreations of courses such as Pebble Beach or Torrey Pines.
The technology means that even when it's raining out, enthusiasts can perfect their swings and try out different flat-cap and plaid-trouser combinations, fueled by the kitchen's casual take on the four-course meal: appetizers, wings, and sliders, followed by a main dish.