Grind and Squeeze Pouring in I’On

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Grind and Squeeze

A model-stylist sister team is behind the newest addition to I’On Square, a beverage bar emphasizing “quality-conscious fare.”

According to a press release, Grind and Squeeze was inspired by the “relaxed lifestyle” that Heston Stutz and Harley Stutz-Hall led in Australia, Asia and Europe. The release grudgingly allows that the café will have “free Wi-Fi for those who must be in contact with the outside world.” But the sisters would obviously much prefer that guests lose themselves in the menu of cold-press juices; vegetable smoothies; wine and craft beer.

The drinks are supplemented by cheese, charcuterie and WildFlour pastries.

Grind and Squeeze, 357 1A N. Shelmore Blvd., is open every day. For hours and more information, call 606-2857 or visit the cafe’s Facebook page.

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“We’re in the middle of prep,” he told me after consulting with the owner.

According to its online menu, Blend is serving a wide range of juices and smoothies. Although customers are given the option to assemble their own juice combinations, there are eight “signature juices” on offer, including a pair of juices spiked with cayenne and jalapeno peppers. Continue reading

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Neda Smith of Natural Neda says “participation is 100 percent voluntary and confidential,” so customers who don’t want to share whether their spinach, cucumber and celery beverage made them feel tired, hungry or mentally sharp are off the hook. Continue reading

Whisk Transitions From Bakery to Beverage-Focused Cafe

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“This is the challenging part,” says owner Sam Mustafa, who recently closed Whisk for substantial renovations. “I’m really very boggled.”

Mustafa five years ago opened Sam’s Corner on Meeting Street, selling “hot dogs and all the knick-knacks.” He introduced the bakery concept in 2012, and earlier this year renovated the 700-square foot space to make room for the many items that tourists requested: “It’s a bad place to be, because you want to satisfy people so bad,” Mustafa says of his busy stretch of street. But the renovations didn’t clear up the clutter – and nobody was buying Whisk’s sandwiches. Continue reading