Adjacent to Bell Tower Salon & Spa, Bell Tower Café transports the casual café vibe and cuisine to an even more laid-back atmosphere. The team prepares breakfast food such as a Cali breakfast sandwich, stacked with cream cheese, cucumber, tomato, and greens, as well as lunch items such as daily soup and caprese sandwiches.
More than 200 varieties of domestic and imported cheeses, salamis, and kielbasas vie for shelf space at International Delicatessen. The gourmet grocery store and deli's friendly staff assists customers as they navigate aisles lined with Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Jewish, and Romanian specialty foodstuffs, as well as Boar’s Head deli fare. Like Ebenezer Scrooge on opposite day, the charitable staff encourages shoppers to sample bites before committing to buying. During the week, the kitchen staff whips up entrees, side salads, and desserts for ready-made meals. And in addition to their sought-after meats and cheeses, International Delicatessen stocks candies and gum, ice cream, fresh produce, and coffee.
Russo Gourmet Foods Market culls epicurean goods from Italian markets and family-owned olive groves while assisting in halting hunger with a variety of gourmet sandwiches. Guests can peruse Russo's internationally themed selection of pantry-accentuating treasures, including imported Italian pastas ($2.59+) and olive oils ($5.95+), or guests can conveniently hand pluck groceries such as meat, poultry, dairy, and produce. At the in-store café, guests can savor a gourmet panini ($2.95 half, $5.25 whole), providing hungry shoppers the energy to shop longer or eat another panini. Russo also stocks a full line of deli chesses ($3.75+/lb.) and imported goods.
Housed in what was once a sprawling textile compound that produced hosiery, The Works at Wyomissing hosts kinetic family outings in a large, historical space. Downstairs, a mammoth game room houses popular video games, such as a sports simulator, Dance Dance Revolution, and diminutive bowling lanes for children.
Upstairs, the Ballocity action center combines the can't-miss fun mix of playground balls, slides, climbing tubes, foam-ball launchers, and grandma's china. Still-remaining historical details add character to the building, including an entrance to 1.5 miles worth of tunnels that once channeled supplies and carried elaborate tin-can phone networks between factory buildings.
Good Eatz Green Café stocks its kitchen with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients to fill its menu with gluten-, dairy-, or animal product-free meals. Wholesome recipes include maple buckwheat pancakes and Mexican-style frittatas, as well as ahi tuna sashimi, gluten-free cheese ravioli, seitan meatloaf, and Black Angus cheeseburgers.
In addition to its devotion to sustainable ingredients, Good Eatz boasts other green qualifications such as membership in Oxfam and Green America, formerly Co-op America, a box and paper reuse program, and Energy Star appliances, which can be plugged directly into the sun.
The chefs at Ciabatta stay up through the night, hand shaping and scoring dozens of loaves of airy bread until each perfectly resembles its namesake, which means slipper in Italian. Inside the flaky crust, the restaurant's sandwich smiths bury caches of oven-roasted turkey or parmesan pesto ham. They also toss the flavors of their Italian heritage into fresh salads and personal-sized pizzas. To complement their Italian eats, the staff at Ciabatta invites their guests to bring along their favorite wine, beer, or fizzy lifting drink at no corkage fee.