Jack and Linda Kirshner believe coffee is an integral part of life—it's there when you wake up in the morning, at the end of a romantic dinner, or when you just need to destroy a possessed snowman. Though this vision has led the couple to found Coffee for Less, their journey began well before that. More than two decades ago, the Kirshners started their first company within their apartment's mocha-scented confines. The venture, named Coffee Serv, would eventually become one of the largest office coffee-service providers in Philadelphia.
Today, Coffee For Less serves as the online face for the Kirshners' company and fills kitchens across America with the aromas of fresh-brewed joe. A Starbucks-preferred office coffee provider, the online store also ships hand-ground Aloha Island coffee beans and coffee pods to homes and well-decorated caves. These items can brew within Coffee For Less's selection of appliances, which include Cuisinart coffeemakers.
Coffee For Less isn't content to just sell hot beverages, though. They also want to educate their patrons, and do so through articles about products and coffee-themed infographics. This effort to reach out echoes the company's charitable work, which includes a partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the company's own Hit The Books scholarship, which they award to college students within the United States.
The Drink Station's all-embracing menu quenches thirst with more than 20,000 possible nourishing gulps, customizing each cupful to fit the dietary needs and daring desires of its straw operator. Kick off the ante meridiem with a medley of black tea, Texas honey, and fresh pineapple juice in the blueberry muffin tea ($3.99/24 oz.), or cool down from a brisk Benny Hill chase around the block by quaffing a refreshing dose of watermelon celery juice ($4.99). The Mint 'n' Dew slushy celebrates the union of peppermint, honeydew melon, pineapple, and organic sugar ($4.99/24 oz.), and the Dark Chocolate Granita sharpens sweet teeth with gourmet coffee, chocolate, organic sugar, and nondairy cream ($3.99/24 oz.). Savory supplements such as fresh fruits, tapioca pearls, and flavor gels let you put your own personal signature on each swig without it tasting like a Sharpie. Cold-blooded connoisseurs, meanwhile, can keep their blood flowing with hot teas such as the Raspberry Sunrise ($3.25/16 oz.) or the sinful white chocolate latte ($3.25/24 oz.).
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Beer, wine, coffee... and candles. This may seem like an odd combination, but at MV Diy Cafe, the blend somehow works. Perhaps it's because each carries a distinct aroma?the scents of beer, wine, and coffee emanate from the bar, and those of aromatherapy candles and carefully crafted soaps from the shelves. The aromatherapy candles are a mix of pure essential oils and soy wax (the same as soy candles). And the soaps are made of high-quality vegetable oil, clay, natural herbs, and other ingredients as eco-friendly as recycling bins made of recycled trash cans. All of the business' products are hand-made with fine oil and herbs without preservatives.
MV Diy Cafe other signature product, hand-carved candles, catch the eye rather than the nose. They pay homage to different holidays and occasions with wax sculptures, such as a Christmas tree, a shell-adorned sand castle, and a tower crawling with spiders.
Try not to be distracted by the giant conveyor belt of piping hot and freshly-baked flatbread snaking its way around the deli area when you enter Phoenicia Specialty Foods. And don’t be surprised to see people carting entire grocery baskets full of their own steamy, hot bread to the checkout lanes. The baked in-house bundles are a bit of a store specialty, but by no means is it the only thing Phoenicia Specialty Foods’ Westheimer location has going for it. Tucked between the Westchase District and the Energy Corridor, Phoenicia stocks homemade yogurt, freshly baked desserts and a full deli of hot and cold dishes to eat on the patio or take to go. With high ceilings, lots of natural light and plenty of long, tall shelves, there’s a good bet you can find anything you need at this specialty outlet, including fresh produce.
In 2011, Iris began chemotherapy for breast cancer. Because she was undergoing these treatments, Iris could no longer consume caffeine. Although she didn't know it then, this would become a bit of a blessing in disguise. She met with a nutritionist, who introduced her to tea and its health benefits. At that point, she decided she wanted to consume only 100% organic tea, particularly during chemo. Since she found most green teas to be boring, she began blending them with others. The results spawned BrewLeaf Organic Tea. Here, Iris and her staff offer more than 100 loose-leaf teas. Varieties include those free of caffeine, such as rooibos and herbal teas, along with white and black teas.