The smoky scent of espresso wafts through Cafe Lola’s sunlit space as its patrons recline in leather armchairs or nibble salads, sandwiches, and hearty breakfast fare. Freshly cut sweet-potato fries accompany sandwiches and paninis, and forks dive into veggie-scapes of salad tossed in house-made dressing. Early risers can savor breakfast paninis and omelets, kicking neurons into action with selections from a gourmet espresso bar. When the weather turns balmy, café loungers can migrate to outdoor seating to enjoy gentle breezes and engage in photosynthesis. According to Plum-Oakmont Patch contributor Mia Feinberg, the café was spearheaded by Fox’s Pizza owner Jim Fox and his wife Deana, who decided to stamp their new endeavor with the name of their 2-year-old daughter. Feinberg also captures the café’s eclectic décor, characterized by oversize cutlery mounted on the wall and mint-colored wallpaper with inky designs that evoke a Victorian aesthetic.
The chefs at Café Vita craft a menu of gourmet Italian fare from fresh, locally purchased ingredients. Evening meals fit for two kings or four royal comptrollers can commence with Café Vita's signature appetizer, the artichoke romano, which anoints artichoke hearts in flour and egg before sautéing them into a crispy, golden shell. Ravioli pillows stuffed with portobello and porcini mushrooms are lulled to sleep in a blanket of sherry cream sauce. Much like a velvet bib worn over a freshly pressed Armani suit, the veal parmesan's marinara-and-parmesan-studded cape belies the crispness of its flour-battered surface. Diners can swap big-fish stories over a plate of sautéed calamari swimming in a linguine strewn with buoys of garlic and cherry tomatoes. A house-made dessert ends meals on a sweet note reminiscent of Mozart's unfinished Requiem for a Fumbled Twizzler.
Style Envy's bright red couch, festooned with zebra pillows, sets the salon's tone as stylists prepare to perform hair, waxing, and tanning services. The beauty specialists lead guests on the path to hairdo reconstruction with a menu of salon services, which includes hair-coloring treatments that restore luster to locks with Scruples products and Blazing highlights. Blazing's one-step, bleach-free process achieves up to seven levels of highlights when applied to both natural hues and color-treated hair, and the stylists use a roster of 19 shades to achieve anyone’s desired color. They can also render an artfully crafted haircut and style to form a more tasteful head ornament than a diamond-studded beer helmet, in addition to bedazzling clients' domes with colorful extensions. Style Envy's tanning beds perk up bodies below the hairline and deepen skin tone in private rooms coated with playful bubblegum-pink, sky-blue, and red hues.
At East End Cafe, chefs prepare housemade sandwiches, salads, and soups for both dine-in meals and catered events. The eatery uses fresh, local ingredients and Boar's Head meats to craft a menu stacked with signature items such as strawberry and goat cheese salads and Reubens rich with thousand-island dressing. Patrons can lounge on the outdoor patio while sampling hand-dipped ice-cream cones in the summertime or sit inside amid free WiFi and warm their hands inside a sandwich in the wintertime.
Frick Art & Historical Center beams with beautiful art and historical artifacts endowed by the daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America’s great industrialists and art collectors. Members of the Frick can wander through the bountiful exhibitions, taking a gander at the permanent collection or indulging in the sparkling transience of the Fabergé at the Frick exhibition, a display of more than 100 objects crafted the House of by Fabergé, helmed by famed Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. Members can impersonate turn-of-the-century chauffeurs with unlimited admission to the Car and Carriage Museum, or learn about different historical objects with discounts on lectures. Brush up on antiquated traditions such as letter writing, origami, or crafting cootie catchers with stationery from the Museum Shop, taking 10% discounts on notecards ($1.80), postcards ($1.13), or books. Members also receive the exclusive ability to make advanced reservations at The Café at the Frick, which dishes out gourmet sandwiches and entrées alongside a list of wines.