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.
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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.
The scent of freshly roasted beans emanates from Travonna Coffee House, luring passersby into a café where they can sink into a black leather couch and sip from mugs filled with creamy lattes and cappuccinos. The friendly staff of baristas prepares café beverages behind a simple wooden counter, pairing iced or steamy drinks with vegan baked goods, flatbread pizzas, and gourmet sandwiches. When they aren’t engaged in caffeine-fueled conversation, patrons can surf the Internet on waves of free WiFi or walk across the café’s hardwood floors to peer into a full-size fish tank. The café stays open until 2 a.m. seven days a week; on Thursday and Friday nights, local poets and musicians stage performances for the crowd, who signal their approval by snapping and pelting the stage with packets of nondairy creamer.
Strand Cafe's staff brings extensive industry experience with modeling agencies and photography studios to the industrial-style salon's redbrick confines. During a wax, the professional technician uses Nufree, an all-natural, no-stick soy wax that addresses the needs of sensitive skin and dyspeptic birthmarks while lifting hairs from their roots. The front-only wax takes approximately 20 minutes, while the full Brazilian wax takes approximately 40 minutes. Emphasizing aesthetic education, Strand Cafe hosts events to enlighten clients on cultivating beautiful skin and how to grow a flower from their belly button.
Sweet frosting on a layered petit four. Intricate notes emanating from a nearby piano. Steam rising off a teacup as it sits on a delicate saucer. Signs of old-world elegance permeate every corner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, and owners Anand and Doris Saha wouldn't have it any other way. The European-trained couple had been slinging their famed tortes and sugary delicacies in the Columbus area for more than 17 years, having learned the ins and outs of pastry making when training in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels. Mozart’s has more than 80 authentic European delicacies, which have snagged them titles including Best Dessert from Columbus Alive and Best Bakery from Columbus Monthly. Petit fours and truffles are created using imported ingredients from Europe. Continental favorites ranging from beef stroganoff and chicken cordon bleu to bavarian-style wiener schnitzel reproduce the timeless flavors found in dining rooms from Marseille to Munich.
During their European-inspired afternoon tea, a mini meal of pastries parades to tables arm in arm with a steaming cup of 1 of 16 different loose-leaf teas. Alongside decaf and herbal blends, english-breakfast, earl-grey, darjeeling, and rose-petal teas steep in mugs, letting mitts warm up after stealing the noses of arctic explorers. Canapés come in one-bite flavor explosions crowded with curried chicken salad, tomato and provolone, and smoked salmon with cream cheese. Miniature scones cloaked in devonshire cream and fruit preserves serve as diminutive feasts, and peach marzipan and chocolate petits fours, gluten-free truffles, or tea cookies drop a sweet curtain over the afternoon snack.
Soon, Mozart's culinary team will pair this commitment to European elegance with an equally stately local landmark: beginning in early 2013, the cafe will occupy a new spot in the historic halls of High Street's iconic Cord Camera building.