Arthur and I had to deliver some packages to a customer in Avon this weekend. The drive was lovely, only about 30 minutes from our home, but I wanted to be sure that this was not the only thing that we set out to do in this area. I wanted to try to discover a little bit more about the town, and what it had to offer.
Our first stop was at Taste by Spellbound. Set just off Route 44 over the Canton/Avon line, Taste is a gem of a find, a specialty bake shop, crafting delectable truffles, macrons, pastries and cupcakes.
The stylish owner, Miriam Hope, is a tender 23 years old, but she has been perfecting her craft since age eleven, when she began her first business. The "dessert studio", as she calls it, opened for business in 2012. We got to meet her, as we carefully chose our treasures to try. She is a tall young woman, with an undeniable sense of style and grace.
While we brought most of our goodies home, we did eat our blueberry lemon “cruffin” in the car. The light pastry, dusted with sanding sugar, melted on my tongue, the tang of the lemon was slightly softened by the blueberry, but made me pucker with delight nonetheless. Closed on Sundays and Mondays, I am afraid this shop has left me longing for Tuesday!
Our next stop was at Miriam’s behest, Dom’s Coffee. Dom’s just opened a few weeks ago, on the bustling corridor of Route 44. He is situated in an old home, turned into a sleek, hip coffee bar. Dom and his wife have an eye for style, incorporating comfort and eye candy throughout the ground level of this building.
But don’t get me wrong, the coffee is the star of the show here! Arthur and I both ordered the cold pressed coffee. Dom gave us a detailed explanation of the process, helping us to appreciate why this is not offered in just any run of the mill chain coffee shop. And at first sip, indeed, this was special! It was smooth, with no acidity, no bitter after taste. Just pure caffeinated pleasure! We had a great time chatting with the couple, even inviting them to swing by our shop in Woodbury, if they ever found themselves in the area.
It was great to get out of our comfort zone, and to discover what others have going on in their own corners of the world. I can hardly wait for our next out-of-town internet order to come in. Where will it bring us, and what will we find when we get there??
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But all is not lost, I consulted an expert, my wife Lori Greene. (Here is a batch of her correspondence going out today!)