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The experienced bloom specialists at Janet's Flowers channel their floral-design expertise into colorful arrangements, utilizing a wide variety of flowers to compose floral opuses appropriate for events ranging from anniversaries to funerals. Bestsellers and seasonal bouquets gather stems topped with tulips, irises, roses, and other complementing flora into elegant handfuls, a perfect beginning to a first date or a second attempt to graduate middle school. Fill homes with the pastel shades of spring with a Lavender Mist arrangement ($40–$60) or an angelic bunch of Casablanca lilies ($50–$70). In addition to premade bouquets designed for holidays and special occasions, florists craft custom orders ($55–$75), allowing clients to celebrate a new birth with a Welcome Baby Boy arrangement ($45–$65) filled with blue irises or a functioning train set made entirely out of baby's breath.
Mocha Magic has served up locally roasted coffee and homemade café fare in a sun-bathed modern space since 1994. Behind the café counter, sandwich makers layer sourdough and croissant with honey baked ham, smoked turkey, and fresh produce accompaniments. At breakfast, patrons can jumpstart the day with freshly baked scones and muffins, but are discouraged from jumpstarting a car by pouring espresso drinks directly into the gas tank.
Despite its expansive menu, Papachino’s is known particularly for one item—gyros. Fresh pita bread blankets the succulent combination of beef and lamb meat, but it’s the dollops of fresh tzatziki sauce, made from yogurt cultured in-house, that seal the deal. Other menu favorites span the Mediterranean, from Italian pastas to Greek moussaka. While munching on steak pita sandwiches or braiding strands of pasta marinara, customers can enjoy the eatery’s eclectic art collection, including a large painted mural of a Greek village as well as individual works by local artists. Every weekend, a live musician stops by and croons customers out of their seats and onto a makeshift dance floor with acoustic covers of hit songs.
The skilled sandwich makers at Piccadilly Deli forge customer-created sandwiches with a menu of amply stacked ingredients such as tender roast beef and chicken salad. Patrons can partner up to ascend a regal mountain of egg or tuna salad or mine for smoked ham or turkey under strata of crisp lettuce and a choice of cheese. Mortadella, dry salami, and danish ham all loaf in between a choice of bready borders, including wheat rolls, multigrain, or sourdough bread. After polishing off handheld morsels, tables of two can divine the future by reading the fizzy remnants of two medium sodas.
Although best known for their oversized, made-to-order sandwiches, Togo's daily menu showcases a smorgasbord of salads, soups, and wraps. Favorite Togo's go-tos include the chipotle-roast beef sandwich, with hot roast beef, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and barbecue chipotle mayo ($6.29), and the pastrami reuben, slices of hot pastrami buried under swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand island ($5.79). Communal carnivores seek out Togo's catering menu to fuel baby showers, bat mitzvahs, or impromptu boxcar rallies with a variety of boxed lunches and customized sandwich trays. Choose from palate-pleasing platters such as a regular tray layered with 16 half subs ($45), a southwestern seven-layer dip ($40), or one 8-foot sandwich (priced to order) sized to feed a small party or one party-crashing grizzly bear.
Pacific Foods stocks its icy racks with fresh seafood, lamb, and goat meat from California and global locales, creating a travel agency for landlocked taste buds. Knowing appetites, like billy goats gruff, come in multiple sizes, Pacific Foods proffers a variety of lobster weights, enormous tiger prawns, and wild-caught scallops and calamari. In addition, Pacific Foods' buyers study sea charts and almanacs to understand where lobster and Dungeoness crab is in season during all months, providing fresh crustaceans no matter the time of year.
The seasoned slingers of succulence at Johnathan's Fresh Fish & Meats, who first sharpened their cleavers more than 26 years ago, barbecue bold, smoky flavors into fresh meats to create mouthwatering dinner combos. The combo plate saddles up chicken, pork ribs, or tri-tip beef alongside cowboy beans and a choice of macaroni salad, potato salad, or coleslaw for a gastronomic hootenanny more flavorsome than a gummy-bear rodeo. Barbecue buffs can inhale the scent of grilled meat while dining in at either of the locations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, or carryout their plates to enjoy at home with their significant other, roommate, or that handsome doppelganger lurking in the mirror.
Extreme Pita's menu is populated with nutritional and nourishing palate-pleasers, all packing a punch of personalized perfection that won't promote paunches or potbellies. Each tasty creation is quickly prepared from fresh ingredients upon ordering. Fill up on a freestyle wrap such as the grilled chicken ($5.39 for 6-inch; $6.79 for 9-inch) or the philly cheesesteak ($5.49 for 6-inch; $6.89 for 9-inch), and top the wrap with any of the 21 dressings, including tzatziki, barbecue sauce, and honey mustard. Globally minded gastronomists can tongue-travel with international eats such as the Fiesta Mexicana ($5.49 for 6-inch; $6.99 for 9-inch) or the Thai beef ($5.49 for 6-inch, $6.99 for 9-inch).
Shiny, healthy-looking hair is a specialty for Janette Lerma, a stylist who transforms tresses within The Studio Salon. Lerma uses high-quality haircare products and advanced cutting techniques to create silky texture and chic styles. No coloring services is to difficult, whether it be an all-over color or multidimensional peekaboo highlights. Clients may also solicit her expertise for an updo style and professional makeup application, ideal for an upcoming prom, wedding, or scuba dive.
Lee Palleschi isn't interested in making a mediocre vodka. That's why he corrals white corn from local purveyors, then distills the mixture five times to transform it into a crisp, clean beverage. His handcrafted Cold House Vodka creations come in a variety of dangerous flavors, from the signature premium to the bloody-mary-complementing cilantro to the java-fueled mocha. In addition, Palleschi and his staff make cocktail crafting easy on their customers thanks to
recipes such as Strawberry Bliss, which stars Cake Batter vodka just like grandma's birthday cake.
Massage therapist Amy Vedder at A Perfect Balance Massage Therapy and Spa keeps up with new treatments and modalities to cater to clients as young as 9 and as old as 90. Her treatments are designed to enable muscles and immune systems to function at higher levels while minimizing stress, headaches, and chronic pain. For a sensory boost, she adds aromatherapeutic essential plant oils to some treatments, which can include clinical, spa, and medical massage techniques.
The no-nonsense cooks at Old Mill Café prep stomachs for an honest day's effort with hearty diner breakfasts and lunches. Sizzling steak, plump sausages, and crispy ribbons of bacon accompany cooked-to-order eggs and piping hot cups of fresh ground coffee. Chefs also toss platters of flapjacks and fold fresh omelets, stuffing their eggy creations with everything from mushrooms and swiss to ham and cheddar. These early-morning favorites compliment a along with a full lunch menu of burgers, sandwiches, and grilled chicken breast sandwiches.
No strangers to grocers, siblings John Pallios and Denise Pallios Zagaris grew up working in their father's grocery stores, the first of which opened back in 1951. After the chain closed, the two put their heads together before arriving at the inspired idea of a small, old-school neighborhood deli. Thus, Chopping Block Butcher Shop and Deli was born. From the butcher, a huge variety of meats includes quality steaks, hand-made sausages, and specialty dry rubs and marinates. The deli counter is equally stocked with ready-made eats, as well as fresh-made sandwiches and deli slices.
The modest size of Cheesecake Kitchen’s bakery stands at odds with its extensive menu of cheesecakes and cheesecake-flavored desserts, many of which include copious toppings of peanut butter, candy bars, and fruit. The 5-, 7-, and 10-inch cheesecakes nestle side-by-side within a display case that proudly exhibits more than 25 concoctions laced with flavors such as chocolate mocha and eggnog rum. In addition to traditional cake slices, the expert staff bakes their signature cheesecake tastes into brownies, cannoli, cupcakes, and elegant pillbox hats. Cheesecake Kitchen’s freezable cakes can also be slathered in customized decorations to celebrate a birthday party.
Barley & Wine initiates beer-lovers into the world of home brewing with a panoply of beer kits, bottling equipment, and thorough classes on the art of brewing itself. Regardless of the medium, students learn the intricacies of the different brewing processes, from fermentation and malt extract to using yeast or choosing the proper equipment. During in-person courses, accomplished home brewers divulge secrets they've learned after living inside a fermentation barrel for three months. Their online shop contains all of the necessary equipment as well, with ingredients, tubing, and books on the subject.