Thanks to Sweet Simpliciteas, it's possible to have your cake and drink it, too. The loose-leaf tea shop combines the two most important meals of the day?dessert and afternoon tea with indulgent blends. With indulgent blends, there's no need to feel guilty about calories or decide which fork to use when you can simply sip on a cup of chocolate-chip chai (featuring actual chocolate chips) or caramel-cake rooibos.
Since 1924, the Fligner family has been showering citizens with local meats, fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and other delectable edibles. The store boasts one of the largest custom-cut, full-service, discount meat counters in Ohio, enabling meatatarians to quench cravings with boneless beef New York–strip steaks or Dietz & Watson's gourmet meats (both $6.99 per lb.). Butchers cut meats at the time of the order, which makes the deli's 100% Ohio-raised beef as fresh as a dryer sheet stuck in the fabric of the near-distant future.
Blackberry tart. Banana-nut bread. Cinnamon-twist danish. They?re not decadent treats in a glass display case at the local bakery, but intoxicating aromas and robust flavors found at La Crema Coffee Company. Owned by Melissa and Dan Flohn, La Crema takes 100% Colombian coffee beans and transforms them into three dozen unique breakfast, afternoon, and dessert flavors such as chocolate raspberry, amaretto truffle, and bananas foster. For purists, the company imports unflavored blends from Central and South America, Indonesia, and Africa. It even vends a selection of non-coffee beverages, as well as hand-beaded coffee scoops and accessories for measuring coffee grounds or spooning them over breakfast cereal.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: Freshly made moisturizers
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Pro Tip: Samples are available for many products. Ask what is being made right now.