As an art gallery, concert venue, and meeting place, The Kewl Beans Cafe provides locals with a place for creativity and conversation over cups of hot coffee. Baristas grind up organic, fair-trade beans daily, transforming the bitter confetti into traditional beverages and uncommon drinks such as frozen mocha madness. Fresh slices of bread from Knickerbocker Baking Co bookend meats and cheeses for made-to-order sandwiches, and Hershey’s premium ice cream piles into sundaes and shakes. During weekend concerts, live musicians play acoustic guitar or accordion as patrons snuggle into comfy chairs and auto-tune performances on free WiFi.
Drizzled Café's dessert mavens handcraft one-bite treats, including miniaturized portable cakes and delectable truffles made from top-notch Belgian chocolate. Dabbling in classic flavors such as chocolate, yellow cake, and white cake, bakers balance decadent globes of dough on hand-holdable sticks, perfect for sweet teeth on the go or baby teeth on the run. Groupon holders can opt for specialty incarnations such as lemon, marble, or strawberry for an extra charge of $2 per pop. Dispense with decorum, and candy-grab a fistful of truffles made with Belgian chocolate, arranged in an assorted box of eight rotating flavors.
The Leason family, which first opened the doors to its vintage diner four decades ago, serves up a menu of made-to-order frozen and grilled classics marinated in friendly service. Live life on the edge of an arctic avalanche and start meals with a frosty dessert churned from real dairy products, such as a frozen yogurt sundae ($2.19–$3.85), or a glacier blended with soft-serve ice cream and customized with a bevy of toppings that range from Oreos to apple crisps ($3.36–$5.46). The large soft-serve banana split ($5.39) encourages couples to share their goods and face their fear of random monkey attacks head on.
Just a free weight’s throw away from Lifestyle Fitness Gold, health enthusiasts and exercisers fortify their physiques at Lifestyle Café Juice Bar, where staffers juice fresh fruits, veggies, flax seed, and wheatgrass. Meanwhile, organic juices and fruits compose blended smoothies for light meals and refreshing treats.
At W.D.'s Gumbo Café, wax paper lines red baskets that bear gifts of Cajun chicken sandwiches and sweetwater cornbread, while open-mic crooners serenade parties as they enjoy Southern fare. The tempting menu is a showcase of colorful New Orleans culture, with feasts of chicken and sausage gumbo in a savory brown roux, complimented by more squares of sweetwater cornbread. While health-conscious diners opt for a selection of raw juices or healthy smoothies.
You can check off a lot of groceries and errands from your list at Prince Valley Market. The market specializes in Mexican- and Latin-American groceries—there’s an in-house tortilleria that turns out handmade tortillas, for example. There’s a substantial produce section with locally raised veggies, as well as a bakery where you can order custom-made birthday cakes. Beyond standard grocery shopping, though, you can also take advantage of in-store convenience services such as cashing a check, buying stamps, sending packages, or converting loose coins into bills and coupons for shoulder massages.
The market is a one-stop shop for parties: colorful, custom-made cakes and treat-stuffed piñatas are available. You can even stop by the Baja Mexican Grill for a tasty lunch of carnitas, enchiladas, and rotisserie chicken.