BioRide's professional car captains transport riders in eco-friendly style. The company's fleet of luxury vehicles runs on biodiesel that's converted from filtered restaurant grease, and according to Sprout Savvy—an online journal dedicated to green living—BioRide's sustainable cars produce 78% less carbon dioxide than those using standard petroleum diesel or below-standard rocket fuel. Passengers can relax during rides to the haberdasher or from the airport in a Mercedes R Class, fully equipped with WiFi, an iPad, and complimentary water and juice. The Mercedes Sprinter, which accommodates up to 11 passengers, entertains en-route with a 35-inch LCD flat-screen TV and an installed Apple computer that facilitates easy movie watching, music listening, and games of group solitaire. Though each Groupon is valid only for a one-way jaunt, clients can purchase two Groupons for roundtrips.
Umami is a portal into an aromatic world of freshly roasted gourmet coffees and exotic, premium loose-leaf black, oolong, green, golf, fruit and herbal, and rooibos teas. Come in for a made-to order drink at the beverage bar and cruise the Net on complimentary Wi-Fi. Or, nosh salads and sandwiches and sip soups. Tea samples are available every day, so you can try before you buy, but knowledgeable staff members can also give recommendations on which tea will increase your odds of winning bingo games. Umami also offers teatime packages ($10.99–$15.99) that include tastings of different teas, sandwich samples, assorted pastries, and more.
Whether snuggling onto one of the couches with a mug of coffee, sipping wine on the outdoor patio, or breakfasting in a booth, visitors to Carytown Bistro & Coffee House will find a welcoming space filled with upscale treats. All three meals of the day are available here, as is frequent live entertainment, such as musicians who juggle full cups of espresso. The shop's collection of classic sandwiches features bagels, focaccia bread, and paninis with topping combos that include tomato, pesto, and mozzarella and peanut butter with banana and bacon.
Chicken Holiday Restaurant’s chefs pressure cook chicken and flame broil ribs, among many other meats and meats of the sea that they prepare. With carry-out and delivery options available, they fill orders for holiday buffets complete with 8 pounds of ribs, chicken, jumbo shrimp, and sides, along with stocking tubs of chicken with up to 100 pieces. The staff also heats up the kitchen by roasting old yearbooks on the oven burners or cooking flounder filet or scallop dinners with french fries and sides of fried okra and apple fritters. Two flat-screen TVs—55 inches and 60 inches—broadcast NFL games to complete the ambiance.
Sweet Frog’s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ‘n’ cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti’d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
Behind a distinctive pink-and-purple-painted storefront, Blend of Buckroe's baristas brew individual cups of coffee and espresso drinks. The fledgling cafe enchanted the palate of an Examiner.com reporter, who heralded the shop's selection of light and dark roasts as "delightfully smooth" and "satisfying". Mugs of macchiato and mocha partner with plates of pastries and quiche on the simple café menu, augmented by sumptuous spoonfuls of ice cream. Artwork dangles from the purple walls of the WiFi-saturated seating area, and colorful couch cushions, old-fashioned benches, and an antique barbershop chair nestle patrons as they flip through magazines or compose lengthy sonnets to their favorite Supreme Court justice.