Inside Trifles's vintage-style space, staff members bake specialty wedding cakes, gourmet chocolates, and cupcakes. The bakers adorn their signature cakes in flavors such as banana, carrot, and cherry nut with vanilla buttercream frosting and sugar flowers.
Time Too Savor helps its clients side step the pressure of cooking on a nightly basis by inviting them to pre-assemble entrees and sides in-store before taking them home to finish later. The menu changes monthly, although previous items have included pan-fried tortilla rolls of chicken, green chilies, and goat cheese, and Thai-flavored pork tenderloin with coconut, cilantro, and peanuts. After planning meals online, guests arrive at their appointed time and portion out servings of pre-cut ingredients, tailoring the recipes to their liking and leaving any mess for the staff to tidy up after. Each meal comes with simple instructions for cooking and serving, which allows customers to quickly prepare menu items at the nearest kitchenware trade show.
Train tracks used to run right along The Holly Hotel, making the three-story redbrick building a hub of social activity throughout the early 20th century. Civic and social groups held meetings and demonstrations, transients spent the night, and opera goers shined their monocles in the hotel’s opulent parlors after shows at Baird’s Opera House, situated just a mile south.
Today, this Queen Anne–style structure is no longer a hotel, but an acclaimed restaurant and venue. The hotel's architecture, along with its historical charm, persist, even after a fire in 1913 and again—65 years later to the date—in 1978. The elegant interior’s plaster walls, tin ceilings, and custom millwork date back to 1913 and before, while much of the wood, railing, tile, and glass are salvaged from the second blaze.
Although its architecture helped The Holly Hotel grab a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its unique stories also supplied historic credibility. For instance, in 1908, Carry Nation and a flock of pro-Temperance supporters attacked drinkers at the hotel; Nation swatted bar goers on the head with her umbrella and even smashed whiskey bottles with an ax.
Modern-day visitors do not face such antagonism. Instead, they enjoy elegant meals composed of fresh, free-range ingredients at the restaurant, where chefs plate beef wellington, braised pork cheeks over hawaiian fingerlings, and lamb strip loin baked in green oregano. On Sundays, the kitchen team puts on an elegant brunch, featuring a spread of farm-raised goose, peel-and-eat shrimp, and made-to-order omelets. Fridays and Saturdays are a time for laughs; guffaws spill over from the comedy club as guests enjoy cracks by headliners from cities from Los Angeles to New York. Of course, sometimes the laugher may just be coming from one of the hotel’s lingering spirits.