Whether sinking into a lounge chair with a cup of joe or drinking in the sounds of live music, visitors to Electric Beanz Coffee Bar will discover freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee and pastries in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to serving a selection of coffee standards, Electric Beanz's baristas also blend fresh-fruit smoothies, pour Italian sodas, and sling a variety of fresh-baked pastries, ranging from muffins to empanadas. Specialty single-origin coffees are also available, brewed in a French press, an appliance that famously gave Jean-Claude Van Damme all his muscles.
Whether it's contained in a small cup or a 2.5-gallon bucket, the italian ice of Sunset Slush tastes smooth, flavorful, and refreshing. Thirty flavors, all of which are free of fat, dairy, cholesterol, and gluten, emerge from colorful pushcarts at community events and from behind the counter at the North Raleigh location. The shop pairs its italian ice with other cold and sweet treats, including hand-scooped ice cream sourced from local farms and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.
Like artists heading outdoors to catch the best light for a photo, the brilliant colorists at ds Parada encircle their patrons' scalp-beards with brilliant halos of light. The salon features precise lighting designed to imitate late-afternoon daylight so patrons will get a clear picture of their pigment updates, even if they can't make it to the studio until evening. The expert head-shapers begin each visit with a free consultation to evaluate skin tone, examine eye color, and consult the rooftop hair guru for special advice. Basic head shearings for men ($30+) and women ($45+) blaze new trails through skulltop flora, and the tress technicians skillfully readjust pigmentation values with toners ($30), glazes ($30), and full colors ($90+). Further follicle enhancements feature spot highlights ($50+), French-style paint-in colors ($60+), full foils ($100+), and artificially intelligent self-styling hair implants (pricing varies).
Coffee Haven, a cozy caf? located near NC State University's D.H. Hill Library, beckons to passersby with a menu of specialty drinks and treats. Baristas brew espresso, craft seasonal lattes, and use local organic coffee beans behind the counter. Beverages can be accompanied by baked goods, salads, or sandwiches, including apple wood smoked bacon and gouda on a house made croissant for breakfast or, at lunch, the Southern panini's fried chicken and barbecue sauce on hand-stretched naan. Guests can lounge in wicker chairs by the window or browse the coffeehouse's miniature library while sipping coffee or thumb-wrestling other patrons for their coffee cake.
Though the pastries at TK Kaffee are quite delectable, it's the drinks the staff specializes in. Baristas blend up coffee in a number of fashions, from the German iced coffee to the strong and sweet Turkish espresso. Alongside coffee, they make fresh smoothies in unique combinations such as strawberry and basil as well teas served hot or iced. For a soon to be drinkable treat, they also scoop up icing with a choice of candy, chocolate, or fruit as toppings.