Opening at 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Shakespeare and Company's bookworm baristas infuse steamy espresso drinks and signature beverages with more than 40 flavors. A quintet of foamy medium lattes allows ample opportunity to sample sweet infusions individually, or opt for preselected concoctions, such as Juliet's Cup with a chocolate-cherry-amaretto kick or the caramel and cinnamon of a mug filled with Midsummer Night's Dream. Espresso shots, like the container of cotton balls at the doctor's office, are also yours for the taking at no additional charge.
Sweetie's tantalizes covetous taste buds with carefully crafted chocolate truffles, decadently dense cakes, and gift baskets that can turn a sworn enemy into a fumbling paramour. Eight delicately detailed truffles nestle in a tender red box waiting to be plucked from among their all-natural, handmade brethren and dropped onto the tongue of a beloved human or low-necked giraffe. Valentines with a penchant for keepsakes will coo over the collectable candy jar, which comes swollen with red-velvet cake and swirled with decorative ribbon. To ensure that the appropriate message is expressed, Sweetie's encloses a handmade Valentine's Day card, which can be personalized to express one's eternal love or share a one-sided knock-knock joke.
Good Health Natural Products makes indulgence healthy with lines of snacks and body-care products. All-natural snack foods such as Veggie Stix, apple chips, and olive-oil potato chips nourish bodies with expeller-pressed oils and non-GMO whole-food ingredients. All products feature clearly labeled allergen information for those with sensitivities to gluten, nuts, or lactose. For bath-time pampering, Good Health Natural Products' South of France gluten- and soy-free soaps, each kettle-cooked in small batches, cleanse bodies with soothing fragrances and all-natural vegan ingredients. Produced according to a traditional triple-milled Marseille recipe, the dense bar soaps are long lasting and produce rich foam so clients can build a faux beard and Santa can save face after a slip with his electric razor. The company also aims to tread lightly on the planet by developing and using new forms of recyclable packaging for its wares.
Chocolate Pops' selection of sweet, savory, and seasonally inspired treats includes chocolate turtles ($2 each), chocolate-dipped marshmallow peeps ($4), giant gumballs that can be used as cannon fodder, and a movie-night snack box with chocolate, popcorn, and Twizzlers ($10). Brightly wrapped gift bags (starting at $12) burst with Chocolate Pops' namesake: creatively crafted chocolatey pops. Picking out the superb sweet sustenance for a special occasion, midday pick-me-up, or android brain refueling is fun due to the welcoming atmosphere and friendly service at Chocolate Pops, which is a family-owned business that abides by the way of the Jedi.