Popcorn Country's sweet and salty, crunchy snacks are available in four sizes of tins in 30 styles, including solid metallics and seasonal, special-occasion, and University of Arizona Wildcats designs. Minimalist kernelists prefer the monochromatic elegance of Popcorn Country's white popcorn, simply accented with a light dusting of salt. For those whose popcorn preferences veer toward the more daring, 10 salivary-gland-tickling flavors are available: caramel, yellow cheddar, white cheddar, kettle korn, confetti, pepperpot, butter pecan cinnamon, jalapeno, and chocolate drizzle (seasonal). Snackers who live in abandoned grain elevators can use the bags from "Just the Corn" for ottomans as well as sustenance. A giant bag includes the equivalent of a two-gallon canister of American-grown hybrid gourmet popcorn ($7.50).
Wine Depot opens its cellar doors just once a week, at which point vinophiles can pour inside to peruse rare, handcrafted, Old World German wines in more than 30 varietals. Wine Depot's oldest supplier boasts a start date of 1464, back when grapes were new to the planet and thought they'd never experience the fate of raisins. The specialty store's mammoth cellar maintains a proper storage temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring all 20,000-plus bottles ($14–$600, $20–$30 on average) stay tasty and fresh. Sips range from crisp, mineral-forward pinot grigios to richly tannic cabernet franc, and semisweet and dry rieslings lend classic German tastes to atypical German breakfasts made of pizza puffs. To aid patrons in decision making, the experienced staffers at Wine Depot host a schedule of free weekly wine tastings, each offering samples of five handcrafted wines.
The experienced baristas at Ike’s Coffee & Tea, one of Tucson’s oldest coffee shops, brew a daily selection of four varieties of coffee while also offering a selection of espresso drinks and tasty comestibles. In addition to its flavorful, three-bean, custom-brewed house blend, the shop's quartet of java offerings includes Mexican organic and Italian varietals as well as a decaf variant ($1.95 for medium). Skillful baristas craft espresso drinks, such as lattes ($2.65 for small) and mochas ($3.15 for small), using old-fashioned, manually operated machines to create beverages reflecting the sort of care and precision missing in the work of today's shiftless robots. Customers can also sip teas, such as chai ($3.55 for medium) or gulp milkshakes in one of six single or blended flavors ($3.50–$4.60). Meanwhile, pastries ($2.15), bagels ($1.25 or $2.10 with cream cheese), and grilled cheese sandwiches ($5) stand by to sate solid-food cravings.
Renowned for whipping up customized event and wedding cakes from scratch, the oven gurus at Marco's Patisserie brandish confectionary prowess to craft miniature morsels using high-caliber ingredients and 10 flavors of frosting. Customers can celebrate a milestone event or hone their juggling abilities with a half-dozen cupcakes in the form of vanilla, chocolate, yellow butter, carrot, or red velvet—a patron favorite. Be sure to place orders three days prior to pickup to ensure the bakers have plenty of time to decadently gussy up baby cakes after they’re delivered from the pastry stork.