When their daughter, Kai, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Tracy and Patrick Watkins knew they needed to provide her with as much love and care as possible. They quit their jobs as engineers and launched a bakery named after their little girl and her favorite treats. In the kitchen at Kai’s Kookies and More, the couple ices custom sugar cookies by hand, transforming circles into edible basketballs and rectangles into festive American flags, all of which can be dipped into house-brewed coffee or bundled into baskets, boxes, or bouquets. Sweeter than a kiss from Cap’n Crunch, mangoes and strawberries fill several varieties of cupcakes and 3-inch cheesecakes.
In addition to packing their display case with handcrafted confections, Tracy and Patrick supply desserts to eight local restaurants and four Monkey Joe's bounce playgrounds. Visitors can also book Kai's for special events such as tea parties and international summits disguised as children's birthday bashes.
With more than 100 loose-leaf teas at its tea bar and spa services tucked away in themed rooms, Urbàna Cityspa & Teabar is a relaxing oasis for sippers and relaxation seekers. Earning nods in both Southern Living and Charlotte magazine, the loft-style spa’s treatments incorporate the wonders of tea into many of its services, such as its chai- or green-tea stone massage, or the Deep Steep, a deep-tissue massage ideal for athletes or tea bags that play pickup football on the weekends. The spa’s in-house tea bar sells only loose-leaf teas bought directly from importers who buy their wares from gardens in countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand.
Carolina Nightlife is a guide to the region?s hottest clubs, restaurants, and bars. The party resource provides useful information as to which spots are the most popular on a given night, and they also include hours, directions, specials, and onsite photo albums so prospective attendees can check out the crowd. The page teems with recommendations on where to go and what to do, with activities that range from speed dating and live music to ping-pong tournaments and Victoria?s Secret Fashion Show viewings.
Lead licensed massage therapist Summer Plum will use her years of experience and superhero name to seek and destroy ailments of the muscle and mind. You'll receive a deliberate Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, which also happens to be the most popular type of knead. It uses long, connected strokes and kneading to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché.
Winner of Creative Loafing's Best Coffee award in 2009, Julia's serves fair-trade coffee and café bites to sluggish bodies and minds while raising money for Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte in the process. As patrons browse the shop's sprawling collection of used books, baristas fill drink tanks with frothy lattes ($2.85/regular; $3.35/large), iced americanos ($2.05/regular; $2.35/large), and steaming mugs of brewed coffee ($1.65/regular; $1.85/large). Legume lovers can savor the grilled veggie-and-hummus wrap ($5.75) and the refreshing spinach, fruit, and nut salad ($7), whereas those looking to pack on protein after an afternoon of bench pressing bench-press salesmen can scarf down a cuban pork sandwich ($6).
Bakery on site! Dogs welcome. All natural, fresh baked treats. Great toy selection. Collars and leashes. Natural grooming products. Do-it-yourself dog wash! Made in the USA and eco-friendly products. Raw, canned and kibble canine diets. Holistic supplements. Natural bones and chews. Diners and bowls. Crates and beds.