Over 30 different flavors of tobacco waft through the air inside Heavenly Hookah Lounge, ranging from Caramel Apple to Gumball to Tiger's Blood. Friends can relax with single-hose through six-hose hookahs, which can also hold hydro tobacco and nicotine-free flavors.
Fresh-pressed juice invigorates the body—this is the mantra of Savasana Juice Company. The staff presses fruits, veggies, and herbs to not only taste good, but to be healthy as well. The bright-green Kalelypso Kooler blends kale, cucumbers, and celery with apples, lemon, and ginger, whereas the deep-red BeetleJuice is made from beets, oranges, and carrots. Once the juices are pressed, they're poured into 32-ounce glass jars and then sealed, enough to substitute for one meal during a cleanse.
Mercurio’s is a family owned and operated Italian Restaurant in Pittsburg specializing in the finest, homemade artesian gelato and the most authentically delicious Neapolitan pizza. Mercerio’s goes out of its way to ensure only the freshest ingredients are prepared the same day, each day, to create pies that perfectly replicate the exact same taste as Naples. Non-pizza dishes include baby bellas and truffle spreads which are both made from scratch. They stock over 40 different kinds of artesian gelato, including such exotic flavors as mango, mulberry cream, and tiramisu. Mercurio’s also has a number of fine Italian and Californian wines available by both the glass and the bottle.
If tea is the thinking person's coffee, then coffee is the tea for the thinking person's action hero. Caffeinate and consume with today's Groupon: $5 for $10 worth of organic, fair-trade coffee and casual fare at Morning Glory Coffeehouse in Morningside. Open every day, Morning Glory features free WiFi, signature sips, and intimate live music.
The chocolate artisans at Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company make fresh treats each day, using premium cocoa beans, buttermilk, and other high-quality ingredients. Their sweets range from indulgent champagne truffles and bourbon-bacon caramel chocolate squares to peppermint bark and bacon-peanut butter s?mores. The hand-dipped chocolates don?t contain unnatural flavors or preservatives, yielding delightful morsels that are always fresh, characteristically less sweet, and feature unique textures.
"In 2004, the owner came to me looking to sell the place," Kevin explains. "But I was from a family of 10. I'd worked here for 17 years, since high school. I didn't have the money." As Kevin reminisces, there's deep gratitude in his voice. "So I prayed a little prayer. And you know what? He just gave the place to me instead."
Kevin has now owned the deli for seven years, and he works to show customers that same kindness the past owner lavished upon him. "I'll give a newbie something to try—a piece of cake, sometimes a coke,” he says. “This is more than just work to me. I love to come in here for the people." When not behind the counter, Kevin is prepping food by hand, drawing upon macaroni and coleslaw recipes from the previous owner's mother, house-made sauces, and a powerful memory for food. "I remember people's orders,” he says, “and they remember me. Kindness is not just words. And it's more important to make a friend than to make money."
The deli mirrors this modesty and warmth within Webster Hall, a building that served as a hotel in the 1960s. Kevin says his wife has suggested he paint the building a different color than basic white. "The community won't have it," he says. "And I don't blame them. It's historical. It's simple."