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This Streetscapes series first began in Fort Thomas about six months ago, and since then there is already a new crop of businesses waiting to be explored. In this segment, return to the first site of Streetscapes in Fort Thomas for brews, booze and ice cream.
Fort Thomas Coffee
In its new location on 1 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas Coffee still offers its famous lattes and is now serving alcohol after 9 a.m. If a Monday morning mimosa is beckoning, they have the prosecco ready to pour. Cocktails, wine and beer are all readily available alongside their café offerings.
With this new trend, it was necessary to try one of FTC’s coffee cocktails. Although Espresso Martinis are all the rage right now, I opted for something new, a café gates with Tia Maria, Grand Marnier, coffee brown crème de cacao topped with whipped cream.
It’s subtly sweet and frothy, and possibly most appropriate for a Saturday brunch order than a pick-me-up before work.
Their new space in the Fort Thomas Citadel has eclectic decor. On one end is a child’s playhouse built into the wall and on the other: floral wallpaper and modern décor make for the perfect workspace. With such varying atmospheres all in one space, it’s only fitting that they carry such a vast offering of food and drinks. It’s the perfect space for mixed groups to ensure everyone has something to their liking.
The Post Taphouse and Bottle Shop
The Post should be the first destination for an indecisive group. While they source beers from all over the country they also carry many local favorites, like Rhinegeist.
With such a wide selection, the bartenders are happy to offer samples so guests can make the right choice. I opted for Purple Haze, a fruity pilsner and wheat beer that had a refreshing raspberry aftertaste.
The Post’s reputation for variety pairs well with its family-friendly atmosphere. The Post allows parents the opportunity to relax near the designated kids play area, and they pay homage to the historic space, while adding a modern touch.
The old Fort Thomas coffee space didn’t remain empty for long as Hello Honey has taken its place.
While frozen treats tend to be less popular during this season, Hello Honey has ice cream that dessert lovers won’t soon forget.
This ice cream shop crafts treats without artificial flavors or colors, focusing on seasonal flavors, and over-the-top toppings.
From banana honeycomb to Thai iced tea, each flavor makes it difficult to purchase just one scoop.
Top it off with a toasted marshmallow and you too will be dreaming about Hello Honey’s thick and decadent ice cream.
Hello Honey’s original location is just across the river in Cincinnati, but the ice cream shop has already made a home in Fort Thomas. They are currently on a winter break, but guests can enjoy a frozen treat and welcome them back on Valentine’s Day.
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