Photographic-style wallpaper depicting shelves packed with books and a chalkboard scrawled with the day's menu are just some of the playful touches inside Book Ends Cafe. Despite its lighthearted decor, though, the eatery is serious about food: everything on the menu is made by hand using organic ingredients from local farmers' markets. Signature sandwiches include those featuring a brisket banh mi, pickled beets, or lemon-marinated chickpea salad. To complement the cuisine, the cafe also serves local products such as Green Star coffee and Pop Culture sodas.
Dragon Pearl Tea is grown organically in a fashion similar to techniques used for thousands of years, sustaining the ancient traditions of tea farming and culture in the Fujian Mountians. No chemicals are ever used in growing and processesing the tea.
Natural sunlight floods the interior of Shell Beach Salon & Spa, helping to create the illusion of a seaside resort. Even so, guests might notice a conspicuous absence of sand and sharp seashells as they make their way past stylists clipping and coloring hair at six stations. The spa’s aestheticians nixed those skin-damaging elements of decor, and their passion for healthy skin also compels them to cleanse and hydrate complexions with professional GlyMed products. Whether you choose to indulge in a facial, a mani-pedi, or one of nine massages, the spa’s private rooms ensure a relaxing session.
There’s no one way to tan at European Sun. Alongside UV-free Mystic spray tans, the facility hosts a variety of beds, from standards and standups to turbos, which rocket passengers straight into the sun’s orbit. To maximize results, guests can lather up with designer lotions made by top brands such as Jwoww and Playboy. And European Sun’s skin-care doesn’t stop at bronzing. Inside the facility’s aesthetician room, specialists perform skin-smoothing treatments such as body waxing and acne facials.
Since 1986, Caribbean Coffee has been transforming fresh beans from across the globe into flavor-rich specialty coffees with their European-style roasting process. Using fair-trade-certified, organic beans, which represent the top 5% of green coffee quality, roasters extract the signature flavor of Jamaican Blue Mountain, Kenyan, Sumatra Mandheling, and other single-origin varietals. Other coffees in Caribbean Coffee’s inventory include espresso roasts, custom blends, and flavored coffees.
From the street, Valley Grind's appearance hearkens back to the Wild West, its double doors and long, covered porch reminiscent of an old general store. Inside, paneled pine walls surround large wooden tables and an overstuffed leather sofa, and the sound of an espresso machine whirrs as baristas plunge the steam wand into a pitcher of milk. Foamy cappuccinos and flavored lattes only begin the menu, however. The team also blends fresh fruit into smoothies and layers bagels with cream cheese, veggies, and meats. In Valley Grind’s adjoining shop, patrons can pick up cute gifts such as candies, cards, hand towels, and other towels that only work on forearms.