At Arabica Cafe, friendly baristas serve up frothy cappuccinos, tasty pastries, and hearty breakfasts of egg and ham sandwiches. Guests relax in front of a roaring fireplace with a cup of cafe au lait, hold meetings over lattes and toasty panini sandwiches, or browse the web with free wi-fi as they sip espresso.
The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.
Family Massage Therapy helps clients unwind with the stress-vanquishing strokes of Swedish, therapeutic, and relaxation massage. Treatments take place in Family Massage’s private room, whose blue and green hues evoke an astronaut’s view of the planet Earth hiding in a blueberry patch. Alternatively, the Family Massage team travels to homes and offices, offering 10- to 15-minute chair massages for staff-appreciation days and other events.
Inspired by the sugar-cane-surrounded Mexican municipality of Jojutlas and its culinary traditions, Jojutlas Mexican Grill re-creates recipes from the region and across Mexico. Housemade tortillas envelop locally sourced ingredients in dishes such as fish tacos with jicama-radish slaw, beef taquitos, and chimichangas prepared with conventional or organic chicken. The kitchen also whips up some entrees in a traditional adobo oven, whose composition of organic clay, earth, and straw imbues dishes with a uniquely authentic flavor. To sate sweet teeth, guests can indulge in sopapillas and strawberry-stuffed churros for dessert. Jojutlas invites frequent patrons to join the Mi Amigo Club, which bestows members with birthday and anniversary treats, as well as a promise to always be picked first for kickball.
The bakers at Parker's Place can whip up elaborately designed cakes and more than 20 different flavors of cheesecake. But you don't have to order ahead via shout to sample their sweet wares. The eatery keeps a collection of cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods in stock and on display. You can pair sweets with coffee, breakfast dishes such as pancakes and omelets, or lunch plates like BLTs or salads.