Locally owned and operated, Aversboro Coffee and Catering fills cups and refuels craniums with espresso drinks, smoothies, coffee, and fresh-baked goods. Kick-start a chest engine with an espresso drink, such as the vanilla latte ($3.65 for a regular), caffe latte ($3.25 for a regular), or chai latte ($3.50 for a regular), or coast calmly through one of many thick, berry-infused frozen smoothies ($3.90 for a medium, $4.10 for a large). The coffee shop also celebrates bagged botanicals with a variety of tea, such as vanilla bean, white tea pomegranate, and organic green, all of which provide a warm, consoling core for any mug-coddling palm ($1.65 for a cup).
Entering the warm, inviting environment of Swift Creek Coffee House is like sleepwalking into a dream and being met at the gates of horn and ivory with a cup of steaming hot joe. The coffee house's friendly caffeine-dispensing agents are always alert and ready to prepare favorite espresso-based drinks, ranging from cappuccinos ($2.65+) to frappes ($3.50+) to experimental super-soldier lattes. Otherwise, start the day by stimulating senses with custom coffee roasts such as Jamaican Me Crazy or Swift Creek's own house blend ($1.45+). Fresh muffins ($1.85), mini scones ($1.85), cinnamon rolls ($1.99), and glazed donuts ($0.89) await sleep-encrusted eyes, ready to be dunked or combined into edible busts of yourself as you see fit. Swift Creek also stocks afternoon pick-me-ups and rewards for cleaning one's room in the form of scrumptious, made-from-scratch cookies from Sweet Carolina Gourmet.
Whether sinking into a lounge chair with a cup of joe or drinking in the sounds of live music, visitors to Electric Beanz Coffee Bar will discover freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee and pastries in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to serving a selection of coffee standards, Electric Beanz's baristas also blend fresh-fruit smoothies, pour Italian sodas, and sling a variety of fresh-baked pastries, ranging from muffins to empanadas. Specialty single-origin coffees are also available, brewed in a French press, an appliance that famously gave Jean-Claude Van Damme all his muscles.
Whether it's contained in a small cup or a 2.5-gallon bucket, the italian ice of Sunset Slush tastes smooth, flavorful, and refreshing. Thirty flavors, all of which are free of fat, dairy, cholesterol, and gluten, emerge from colorful pushcarts at community events and from behind the counter at the North Raleigh location. The shop pairs its italian ice with other cold and sweet treats, including hand-scooped ice cream sourced from local farms and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.
Like artists heading outdoors to catch the best light for a photo, the brilliant colorists at ds Parada encircle their patrons' scalp-beards with brilliant halos of light. The salon features precise lighting designed to imitate late-afternoon daylight so patrons will get a clear picture of their pigment updates, even if they can't make it to the studio until evening. The expert head-shapers begin each visit with a free consultation to evaluate skin tone, examine eye color, and consult the rooftop hair guru for special advice. Basic head shearings for men ($30+) and women ($45+) blaze new trails through skulltop flora, and the tress technicians skillfully readjust pigmentation values with toners ($30), glazes ($30), and full colors ($90+). Further follicle enhancements feature spot highlights ($50+), French-style paint-in colors ($60+), full foils ($100+), and artificially intelligent self-styling hair implants (pricing varies).