Occasionally, the ground shakes at Karl's Bakery & Cafe, sending ripples through cups of coffee. These trembles occur throughout the day, but they're not the result of an earthquake or a T. rex playing hopscotch. Rather, they originate from the Everett train tunnel, located just below the café.
Since its inception, Karl's Bakery & Cafe has had a unique relationship with transportation. In the 1960s, it found a permanent home at Wetmore Avenue, earning the nickname "drive-through bakery" courtesy of a driver who crashed through the front window.
Perhaps the driver had a hankering for the café's glazed cake donuts or tightly coiled cinnamon rolls—they're freshly prepared daily according to time-honored recipes. Customers can peruse these baked goods as well as apple fritters, cherry danish, and other buttery delicacies in the bakery's display cases.
In addition to baking sweets, cooks prepare hearty breakfasts and lunches. Stacks of pancakes measure about three fingers tall, and four strips of bacon add a second deck to saucy cheeseburgers. Cooks bundle theses entrees with sweets for well-rounded meals, served in the café or catered to designated locales.
As one bride gushed, "everyone at our wedding thought he was a friend of ours." That's the reason people come to officiant Darian Kovacs. Over the past 10 years, he's overseen kind of ceremony imaginable, from giant affairs fit for a princess to small legal ceremonies and destination weddings. He works with couples as long as needed to perfect the ceremony, and conducts his meetings in whatever medium suits them best, be it over Skype, e-mail, in person, or when passing each other on slow-moving yachts. Ceremonies can be as traditional or modern. He has a range of quotes to pull from that veer away from wedding cliches, with verses pulled from classic religious texts or even applicable children's books that showcase what true love looks like. After the ceremony's over, he files all the paperwork so that honeymooners don't have to worry about logistics while on their dream vacation.
The Murder Mystery Company challenges diners to exercise detective skills and fledgling telepathic abilities in a comedic evening of mock murder and faux fatalities that unfolds during a three-course meal. Between an introductory salad and a mystery-dessert epilogue, guests nosh on one of three of the Empress Tea Room & Bistro's main-course munchables, including options with fish, chicken, or vegetables fashioned to spell out a ransom note. As mouths occupy themselves, the mystery begins with a murder, and a detective soon arrives on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Tablemates work together to clear their good names, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues, flexing critical-thinking skills, and preparing for futures in real-life crime. All patrons will receive a photo slideshow from the performance as a way to fondly remember light-hearted death-themed evenings.
Running, jumping, and sliding isn't always something that's openly accepted?even encouraged. But at Pump It Up it is. A kid-friendly destination specifically designed to get kids minds and bodies in motion, the entire facility opens its doors to whippersnappers three days a week during open jump, where they can exercise, use their imaginations, and interact with other children. Pump It Up also hosts birthday parties for groups to celebrate while airborne, with themes that range from fierce pirates to cowardly superheroes.