Amid the wafting aromas of the onsite espresso bar, Ambiance Tan’s staff glazes epidermal layers in a natural-looking bronze sheen without the use of UV rays. The staff caters to personal comfort by partnering female technicians with female clients, and male or female technicians for male clients based on the client's preference. Customers stand in a private room as one of the team members coats corporeal forms with a sun-kissed hue using airbrush methods. After attaining their new glow, guests can visit the espresso bar and grab an iced coffee, flavored tea, or biscotti.
The local McSteven's factory has churned out calendar-spanning holiday cheer with cocoa, cider, and other gourmet drink mixes for 30 years, earning a feature in the Columbian. Autumn-inspired flavors flood tins of Snoopy's harvest-spice cocoa mix ($7.95), each of which serves six imbibers or an infinite number of cartoon children with a chocolaty sip endorsed by the Peanuts gang. Breathe new life into floundering bashes with Tiki Drinks lime-margarita mix ($5.95) or a college-themed hot chocolate cloaked in colors to match the uniforms of champion football teams ($7.95 each). Caramel-apple cider ($7.95) warms fingers after jumping through piles of leaves or competing in hide-and-seek matches against scarecrows.
The bread at Great Harvest Bread Co. isn’t just fresh out of the oven; it’s fresh from the grain. The staff begins every morning by milling Montana wheat berries into a nutrient-rich flour, then blending it with a pinch of salt, a drizzle of honey, and a dash of yeast to create their daily spread of bakery-fresh breads. They change up the flavors in their traditional whole-wheat loaves daily, sometimes by adding Tillamook cheddar and garlic, oranges and cranberries, or spicy jalapeños with jack cheese. Guests can take home whole loaves—which are still hot from the oven and contemplating their newfound existence between the prime baking hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.—or enjoy them by the slice in one of Great Harvest Bread Co.'s house sandwiches. These lunch-ready feasts come in a bounty of styles, including chicken salad with sweet and spicy pecans and the roast beef smeared with a peppery bleu cheese, along with kid-friendly options layered with peanut butter and seasonal jam. During the morning hours, the staff also provides freshly baked breakfast in the form of blueberry-studded scones, pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins, and hefty cinnamon rolls.
Reviewed by "The Columbian", Great Harvest Bread Co. offers hearty comfort food and a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.99) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, non-fat yogurt, $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.89 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.49 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
The friendly and dedicated baristas at Mugs Coffee Company grind and brew each cup of their organic and fair-trade coffee to the customer's order. Perfect foam mustaches to round out food-based disguises with the traditional cappuccino—6 ounces of Italian-style espresso topped with steamed milk ($2.50), or sweeten up sips with the Con Panna, an espresso adorned with homemade whipped cream ($1.95). A Frappe Freeze hosts a chilly meeting of the minds for espresso, milk, and ice ($3.20+), and Philip's Perfect Chai marries spicy and sweet in a steamy ceremony ($2.95+). Bathe tongues in nostalgia with a glass of real apple cider ($1.95+), or restructure stomach pyramids with the Aztec Mocha, a spicy Mexican delight ($3.15+).