Less than a month after opening day in June 2012, the staff at Grandview Grind had already showcased a local artist's work, hosted a live-music event, set up shop at the Grandview farmers' market, and concocted a smoky iced bacon latte. They've accomplished so much so quickly because they're robots and because they're fueled by a passion for their teas and brews from Backroom Coffee Roasters, Highlander Coffee, and the Bufcafe Cooperative of Rwanda. Inside their shop, from behind a spacious black bar and dark wooden tables and chairs, the baristas pair these drinks with scones, cookies, and fruit.
Human beings are the only animals that possess the ability to laugh, cry, beat every level of Pac-Man, and turn anything into a type of cake. Everything from carrots to birthday has been cake-ified thanks to humanity’s technological advances. Cheese is no exception. Today’s Groupon gets you a whole slice of this unlikely culinary marriage for half price. For $2, you get any slice of cheesecake from Columbus Cheesecake Company, a $4 value. This Grandview Heights operation has been cranking out the cakes since 2003 and recording Grammy-nominated albums since 1998.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
As a friendly, family-owned neighborhood bakery, The Original Goodie Shop has been whipping up delectable pastries and tasty take-home fare since 1958. Today, it remains one of the few full-line bakeries in Columbus and the only place that still makes cakes for luring unicorns. Each “Bakery’s Best” assortment contains The Original Goodie Shop’s famous cinnamon sticks, which are doused in cinnamon and butterscotch, just like all the sticky doorknobs in Grandma’s house. Chicken pot pies provide a savory counterbalance to the collection of sweet concoctions, making for a hearty meal during dinner, breakfast, or the last few miles of a marathon. Additionally, visitors will be able to peruse a wide selection of the bakery’s tasty treats, including Danish pastries, salt rising bread, wedding cakes, and piñatas filled with éclair custard.
Travonna Coffee House serves up expertly poured coffee and a robust menu of sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and breakfast items 24 hours a day. Kick off with a Charlie Brown mocha, mixing chocolate, macadamia nut, and hazelnut, but no peanuts ($4.10). Served beginning at 1 a.m., Travonna’s morning start oatmeal—a healthy swirl of whole oats, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, raisins, and cinnamon—gives pale night-walkers much-needed nutrition ($3.75). Or scale gastronomic peaks with the ultimate grilled burrito, a hefty package of chicken, bacon, cheese, onion, olives, and banana peppers in a tomato basil wrap ($6.99). Vegan baked goods are also available, and soy milk can be used in place of regular milk at no extra charge.
For the pants-inclined, the StrandCafe offers a load of beautifying treatments for hair, nails, and skin. Welcome warm weather by keying up dull tresses with a color retouch ($50+). Social butterflies can freshly flap their way through an event or date by surrendering locks to a thorough shampoo and thermal style ($50+) or full makeup makeover complete with fluttery, eye-catching eyelashes ($60). Peel fingers out of gloves and toes out of boots for a mani-pedi shot ($30, solid polish only) or a full manicure and pedicure with massages, soothing scrub, and paraffin ($80). StrandCafe also mollycoddles mugs with indulgent facials ($50–$80) specially concocted for smoothing out men's rough edges, treating tender skin, and reworking other epidermal blights.