When you think of a typical convenience store, you likely think of shelves stocked with unhealthy grab-and-go snacks, questionable premade food, and old, watered-down coffee. But though it’s technically a convenience store, Harvest Country Store has none of those things.
First of all, it’s full of local, organic, and natural groceries, including quinoa and organic chocolate bars. An article in the West Hartford Patch says the community-minded owners want to “serve the needs and special desires of their neighbors, in an ethnically and racially-diverse part of West Hartford that doesn't have many other retail establishments within walking distance.” That's why they stock ready-made sandwiches and salads and infused organic waters.
In addition to its healthy groceries, Harvest Country Store offers sustenance in sweet and savory forms, from soft bagels and artisan pastries to Connecticut-born ice cream in pretzel cones. And its coffee bar only serves all-organic, fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with syrups that are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly and free of high-fructose corn syrup.
For those who wish to sit as they sip or snack, there's free WiFi and indoor and outdoor seating.
Consuming between 9 and 13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day can seem like a daunting task. But Robeks turns what could be a chore into a delicious pastime with fresh juices and blended smoothies that incorporate oranges, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and other fresh fruits. Elsewhere on the menu, fresh salads, tasty muffins and cookies, and gourmet sandwiches help customers adhere to a healthy lifestyle without hiring an apple tree as a personal trainer.
Voted the best place to see live theater in the Valley Advocate's 2011 readers' poll, the Majestic Theater envelops audiences in compelling stagings starring local thespians. In the midst of the Majestic's summer season, Two by Two juxtaposes the dramatic and comedic sides of Massachusetts playwright Steve Henderson by showing a pair of his enthralling one-act plays back-to-back. Theater-goers get a peek at the ins and outs of the fictional Morse brothers' complex relationship in Morse Code—a case study of universal truths about fraternity, such as the fact that it's more entertaining for others when siblings argue in public. The Gravedigger's Gift riffs on two grave-digging characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, extracting comedy from the dour business of burying the deceased.
When the proprietors of Kupz Frozen Yogurt & Coffee decided to brew their own cups of joe, they knew not just any beans could make the cut. That’s why they partnered with Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, whose carefully selected beans flavor Kupz’s house-roasted blends. On the cooler side, Kupz’s staffers serve specially blended flavors of frozen yogurt, as well as 20-ounce smoothies, which each contain more than five servings of real fruits, such as mangos and bananas. Coffee, yogurt, and smoothie feasts unfold inside a cozy storefront equipped with free WiFi and iPads.
Animated by a passion for cuisine rich in nutritional value, the purveyors at Nu Cafe unite savory sandwiches with wholesome smoothies and coffee to offer guests a sweeping spectrum of satiating treats. Hungry guests can tastily abate cravings with one of Nu Cafe’s paninis, such as the Piegga Fresca, loaded with a scrumptious blend of tomatoes and mozzarella ($6.79), or the provolone-packed turkey melt, served with bacon, tomato, and veggie cream cheese ($6.99). Test a boastful straw against a 20-ounce Berry, Berry Good smoothie ($4.25), or perk up during dragging daytime doldrums with an espresso-infused Americano ($1.65–$2.30), which can be served hot, iced, or preserved behind glass. While sipping a beverage or nibbling a ’nini, you can tap dance down the information superhighway on Nu Cafe’s complimentary WiFi network, where millions of message boards are dedicated to determining whether focaccia is a fruit or a vegetable.
At Blush Yogurt Cafe, patrons can have their cake and eat it too, enjoying more than 30 flavors of kosher frozen yogurt that contains no gluten, fat, cholesterol, or preservatives. Flavors run the gamut from caramel and watermelon to pumpkin and green tea, each of which is sprinkled with up to 20 toppings such as coconut, brownie bites, and honeydew melon. The staff also stuffs pork and tofu into spring rolls, slathers ham with cranberry sauce in a wrap, and handpicks the seaweed salad’s contents during annual trips to Seaweed World.
The ingredients on The Stand Juice Company's menu recall the flavorful produce from roadside farmers’ stands of yore, presented in a decidedly modern way. Starting with fresh—always organic—whole fruits and vegetables, the staff blends its ingredients into juices and smoothies that are hearty enough to make a meal of. These flavorful liquids also make up the five-day juice cleanse, in which customers stop by each morning to pick up fresh bottled juices. They then drink the juices in a prescribed order to aid the body in cleansing long-lingering toxins and intestinal debris. For bigger appetites, the staff slings its veggies in both salad and sandwich form.