In our neighborhood we have a little cluster of stores in an area called Pickwick Place (named after the street, Pickwick, on which they're located). So a block and a half from our house there is a yoga/massage studio, organic foods market, tea bar & bites restaurant, pizza store, pasta to go shop and an excellent bakery/ice cream shop. We have visited all of these businesses except Zen studio, the yoga/massage center. We will definitely be going back to the Tea Bar & Bites, Elle's Patisserie and the Homegrown Food Market. The first weekend we were in the neighborhood I noticed a sign advertising a beer tasting at the Market on Saturday afternoon so Dan and I ambled over there to check it out. Mother's Brewing Co, a fantastic local brewery, was there sampling their brews. We enjoyed chatting with the young man serving the brews and the feeling must have been mutual because he gave Dan a free t-shirt!
The next day, with Dan sporting his new threads, we went off to explore the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden located at the Nathanael Greene Park. It was lovely! We bought a bag of fish food for a quarter and created a koi fish and turtle feeding frenzy. We strolled the garden and got our Zen fix in the meditation area.
|Dan feeding the fish|
After our stroll through the Japanese Garden (where we did not see a single other person)! We headed over to the Nathaneal Greene Park where we saw lots of people (perhaps because there is a nominal fee at the Japanese Garden) and many butterflies in the butterfly garden. We found sunflowers taller than Dan and beautiful butterflies.
|Dan, in his new shirt, with a Sunflower|