Felix Compos loves ice cream, and he also loves his hometown, Lansing. In June 2013, he brought together the two passions by opening Capitol City Scoop, an ice-cream shop that he hopes will help revitalize the downtown area. "Everyone, I think, can agree that downtown was kind of getting left alone, but now it's definitely being revitalized," he told an MLive Media Group writer. "We want to bring something that's going to stay and just promote business and attract people downtown." Visitors to the shop can savor scoops of MSU Dairy Store ice cream in flavors such as Hoosier strawberry and bourbon vanilla, and they can also devour savory snacks as Compos expands his menu. During the fall 2013 season, for example, servers will griddle grilled cheese sandwiches made with MSU Dairy's natural cheeses.
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Joe Coffee's mission is simple: deliver high-quality, artisan coffee for a modest price. Roasted by the experts at Paramount Coffee, the blends available on Joe's website brim with Arabica-based selections including Wake Up Joe, named for its energy-inducing qualities, and the Tall Dark and Handsome, a bold, bitter-free coffee frequently typecast as the scone's love interest in experimental stage plays. While making its java, Joe Coffee also supports coffee-growing families.
Before Paul and Jared Smith came onboard, the company that became Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. had no coffee to speak of: it only sold chocolate by the bag, box, or individual morsel. But the brothers recognized how well their rich chocolates complemented a hot cup of joe, and by 2004 they started roasting their own beans. Today, those yield coffees such as the Black & Tan, a combination of dark and light roasts, and the Honduran High Grown, which is harvested on the wings of airplanes.
The coffees add a jolt to Great Lakes? hot drinks, including seasonal selections such as the egg nog latte. Organic and decaf teas, as well as cold beverages such as frozen lemonade and fruit smoothies, round out the shop?s drinkable options, all of which complement this family owned and run business? stock of sweet treats.
The glorious sight of 25—more specifically 26, but that’s a mere technicality—beer taps reflect in the mirror that hangs on the exposed-brick wall behind the bar. At Taps 25, beer comes first, whether it’s in the form of an import such as Guinness, a crisp Leinenkugel domestic, or craft brews from Bell’s, Founders, or Dogfish Head. There’s even beer to be found in the pub snacks, such as the cheese dip made with Keweenaw Pick Axe beer. Other munchies, from buffalo chicken dip to pulled-pork nachos, pair well with the hoppy libations and other drinks from the full bar, such as the Angry Irishman—one of many Orchard Bomb shots that make up the bar’s colorful array of 5-ounce concoctions.