Michelle and Ben Davidson can't get enough of helping others. Though Michelle, a nurse, cares for the sick and Ben, a pastor, fosters spiritual healing, they wanted to bring even more joy and comfort to the community, especially students at the nearby University of Windsor. When Michelle was enrolled there, she worked as a barista at a local coffee shop. There, she learned to handcraft espresso drinks and pondered how to cultivate an atmosphere ripe for both studying and hanging out. After graduation, she and Ben decided to build a caf? around organic and fair-trade products that help farmers around the world make a living while helping local residents rise and shine, like a loaf of bread baked inside a hot disco ball. In addition to preparing brewed coffee, lattes, and loose-leaf teas, staffers serve sandwiches, soups, and baked goods that are made fresh each day.
When The Squirrel Cage opened in July of 2012, thunderstorms threatened to dampen its joyful debut. Yet not even the darkest, angriest cloud could obscure the bright atmosphere of the restaurant's facade, lined by clusters of palm fronds that evoke the sun-soaked patios of California. That sense of warmth continues inside, where an eclectic lineup of soothing tunes?particularly classic jazz?scores lunchtime meals of paninis filled with everything from cheddar and jalapeno to medleys of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and dill.
On weekends, The Squirrel Cage's cooks showcase creative riffs on brunch classics, including grilled french toast dipped in pancake batter and topped with house-made Bailey's whipped cream. For more hairs of the dog, a selection of beer and wine complement meals, along with jolts of caffeine via tea or coffee, espressos, and lattes. Along with everyday meals, The Squirrel Cage hosts plenty of community events, including showcases for local artists.
Sunflower Organic Cafe is committed to offering its customers nutritious and 100-percent organic meals. The cafe dishes out breakfast, lunch, and desserts completely free of hormones, pesticides, and additives, with many vegetarian and gluten-free options available as well. Seating roughly 22 people in-house, Sunflower Organic Cafe also offers a quaint, cozy atmosphere for enjoying organic cuisine.