Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of coffee, salads, sandwiches, and other café fare as well as items from the gift shop at HopeCafé & Gifts, a business of the Women & Children's Center of the Sierra. The café is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The staff (some are volunteers) at HopeCafé & Gifts dishes out sandwiches, salads, coffee, and other café fare to benefit the women connected to the Women & Children's Center of the Sierra. Sandwich ingredients are swaddled in english muffins, whole-wheat bread, or other bread basics to create HopeCafé's special-recipe tuna melt, turkey delight with cranberry horseradish, and Italian-style caprese with basil and mozzarella cheese ($7.50 each). The staff covers crisp salads ($7.50 each)—such as the mixed baby green with cranberries, almonds, apples, and cheese—in balsamic, poppy seed, lemon-apple, or other dressings. The café also steeps a variety of organic, fair trade coffees and teas ($1.75+) to accompany meals or spill on clothing in need of a caffeine boost.
The value of this Groupon can also be used toward purchases at the gift shop, located in the same building. Customers can celebrate a graduation or a triumph over a particularly hated ant colony with gifts including handmade jewelry, lotions, cards, and local artwork ($4+). Money raised in the café and gift shop goes to the Women & Children's Center of the Sierra's nonprofit programs, which facilitate job training and strive to bring women and children out of the welfare system.