Every cigar at Olde World Tobacco tells a story, and Olde World's tobacconists gladly educate visitors on the cylindrical pieces of handcrafted art that reside behind the glass walls of the shop's humidors. After guiding guests to cigars such as the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R, shopkeepers invite visitors to relax in the smoking lounge. Once there, guests soak up the atmosphere created by leather club chairs, a 50-inch high-definition television, and solid-diamond ashtrays—which earned the room distinction as a Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge. Beyond cigars, Olde World Tobacco offers gourmet coffee and espresso from their partner operation Joey's Java House, where coffee aficionados roast beans in-house three days a week.
Kupkake Kouture, the brainchild of two cake-loving pals, specializes in creative cakefections. This Groupon gets dessert devotees a taste of the cupcake's miniature cousin, a moist ball of cake known as the mini cupcake ($1 each, $10/dozen). In all their spherical glory, mini cupcakes come in a range of mouth-mesmerizing flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate fudge to lemon poppy seed, orange, and red velvet. After the sugary orbs receive a decadent dip in frosting, the shop's sweets specialists sprinkle the bite-sized cakes with an eclectic entourage of toppings—including sprinkles, pretzels, peanuts, and coconut—to prepare them for maximum deliciousness and wind resistance.
Adjacent to Bell Tower Salon & Spa, Bell Tower Café transports the casual café vibe and cuisine to an even more laid-back atmosphere. The team prepares breakfast food such as a Cali breakfast sandwich, stacked with cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, and greens, as well as lunch items such as daily soup and caprese sandwiches.
Every day since 2000, the tantalizing aromas of roasting coffee have flooded St. Thomas Roasters as staffers create a variety of bean blends using an onsite Diedrich roaster. Their creations include fair-trade organic coffee from Honduras, a special Linglestown blend, and flavored roasts including dark-chocolate dust and cinnamon sticky bun. Meanwhile, on the first floor of their shop, they transform the freshly roasted beans into piping-hot cups of coffee and espresso drinks, complementing sweet and savory food options such as apple croissants, breakfast pastries, and paninis.
The shop itself, housed in a residential building with a stone façade, offers the comforts of home as patrons cozy up inside or head to the porch to watch live music from a rotating lineup of artists. They can also bring home bags of beans to grind at home or use as props for a coffeehouse-themed sitcom.
The Soup Spot comforts Harrisburg tummies and tongues with toasted sandwiches, fresh salads, and a rotating selection of soups inspired by Dutch and Creole flavors. Typical bowl-fillers include dirty rice, a deceivingly fresh concoction of chicken, sausage, ground beef, and vegetables ($3.95 for medium), or stromboli soup, a creamy tomato-based soup once used by the Italians to quench the throats of erupting volcanoes ($4.65 for medium). Champagne salad forgoes corks for feta, almonds, craisins, and mandarin orange slices ($6.50), while lebanon bologna and swiss cheese wrestle to win the sweet affections of honey mustard in a Frying Dutchman sandwich ($4.95). Check the updated online menu or call ahead to learn soup specials or alternate uses for croutons.
While adults sip gourmet brews from Seattle’s Best and bolster blood cells with fuel from the colorful and healthy menu, children can chow down on grilled Cheesasaurus sandwiches or dash off to one of the three sunny adjoining playrooms. One space entertains kids ages 2–6, encouraging theatrical, creative play, while the s'mores-soft Tot Spot amuses kids under 2, and older kids improve hand-eye-coordination playing a variety of video games. Adults can choose to observe the anthropological doings within, or check kids in with a qualified playroom sitter and return to the calm land of rooibos, biscotti, and the art of adult conversation.