Country-style wooden chairs and a hodgepodge of art on the walls give Mainstreet Cafe a cozy, hometown atmosphere. The comfortable atmosphere is key, as staff at Mainstreet Cafe hopes its diners will come to eat all three meals and feed all four stomachs, with a menu that encompasses breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the mornings, the griddle sizzles with eggs and pancake batter. Later in the day, guests can order hearty sandwiches and Black Angus burgers, steak dishes, or the café’s specialty german sausage and housemade zwieback.
Devoted to helping people stay healthy and happy, Kristina's Natural Ranch Market is a convenient one-stop shop for everyday organic wares and invaluable lifestyle advice. Stroll through aisles to find an abundance of good-for-you goodies and popular unperished perishables such as specialty breads, free-range poultry, extra-lean ground beef ($5.89/lb), low-fat raw milk ($3.50 for a half gallon), organic bananas ($0.99/lb), plums ($1.29/lb), and bulk spices. In addition to flaunting a hefty selection of fresh, local produce and gourmet groceries, Kristina's Natural Ranch Market stocks gluten- and wheat-free items, health supplements, and natural beauty and body-care products. Though this Groupon can only be used in-store, take a peek at the online catalogue to get a feel for the shop's stock.
At Lassen's Natural Foods and Vitamins, you can find ayurvedic herb blends and homeopathic herbs. You can find kelp granules, kelp capsules, and kelp powder. And you can peruse more than a dozen varieties of tahini and cashew and almond butter. The vast inventory of wholesome foods and supplements may overwhelm newcomers. Fortunately, staff members strive to not only provide shoppers access to healthy products, but also educate and empower them to make healthy decisions.
Each month, for instance, local health experts lead health lectures, discussing topics that range from managing stress to working up to a Hulk-like immune system. Staff members are happy to let customers sample any product, and even offer educational literature when a customer wavers between brands. Most importantly, staff members receive weekly educational trainings, and pass their knowledge on to customers: cashiers can explain the difference between organic and free range, for instance, and herb experts can explain the health benefits of dozens of plants and herbs.
Though “traditional favorites” is one of many sections on Strings Italian Cafe's menu, the heading describes a bulk of the eatery’s handcrafted Italian dishes. Under new ownership as of January 2013, the cafe fills raviolis with artichoke hearts, flavor shrimp scampi with white wine and lemon juice, and top one of two specialty pizzas with alfredo sauce and chicken breast. That being said, the cafés chefs make room for a few innovative touches within their old-style approach. These include baking lasagna inside onion-garlic pastries and spicing up pasta medleys of chicken, shrimp, and pesto with hints of curry.
The crew of accent experts at Special Occasions & Gifts gathers a large collection of modern and traditional accouterments from the far-flung corners of the globe to decorate mantels, windowsills, and cubicles. Glass candleholders from the GG Collection ($18) beautify lackluster spaces, and artisanal soap dishes ($28) give cleansing bars a bed in which to recuperate from vigilante campaigns against swear words. A handmade Bella Toscana place-card holder displays the names of dishes, such as veggie lasagna or Kevin, the Mashed Potatoes, in sturdy wrought iron, and Tyler Candle Company candles ($2.25+) infuse dens or bedrooms with a soft glow and a scent as enticing as fresh muffins made from scented candles.