This story originally appeared in the March 31 edition of the weekly LINK Reader. To get these stories first, subscribe here.
When it comes to food and drinks, Covington is one of the most packed places for a night out. Often overlooked by the streets on either side, Scott Street has added new businesses over the years that are worth going off the main drag. This Streetscapes join us as we head to Scott Street for coffee, chicken and clothes.
Haven Café and Spa
Operating as sister stores, the atmospheres of Haven establishments are exactly as they seem, heavenly; yet the two stores’ offerings are vastly different.
Haven Café serves natural coffee, matcha and handheld treats from sandwiches to gourmet pastries. Haven Café operates out of a small aesthetically pleasing space, garnished with plants. The coffee is all naturally derived from the beans to the inhouse crafted flavored syrups.
Coffeehouse classic flavors of organic vanilla and organic mocha can still be found to sweeten guests coffee, without the added ingredients. For patrons looking for something more unique their Pandan or Lavender Honey Lattes have earthier flavors that are subtly sweet.
For food they have light bites, including over the top decadent donuts that are picturesque. Although the interior is small, they have ample space outside that’s decorated just as beautifully as their interior.
Like their sister store, Haven Spa has a bright ambiance and focuses on natural ingredients for nail and skincare. Haven uses the cleanest polishes on the market to keep nails healthy. Pedicures and Manicures can be booked for simple polish to complex artwork. Nothing goes better with a fresh manicure than an iced coffee.
Haven’s motto is to create a safe space for all — customers and employees. With a mascot that is the most endearing smiley face, Haven has captured the hearts of locals one coffee at a time.
The Native One
In a world full of fast fashion, The Native One is a breath of fresh air for trendy unique closet staples.
Illuminated by immense natural lighting, the boutique sits on the corner of Scott Street. The Native One boutique specializes in neutral, earth toned clothes and timeless staples that shoppers will keep in their closet for years.
Taupe trousers, cream sweaters and black knit dresses are mixed with statement sequin pieces for any occasion. What makes boutiques more unique than mall brick and mortars is that each piece is hand-picked from a variety of brands.
The Native One originated in Over the Rhine, and after immense success, opened a second location on Scott Street. Other than clothes, shoppers can find a variety of home décor, small jewelry trinkets, furniture and live plants.
Like the apparel they sell, the home décor matches an earthy vibe and is the perfect accent to any home.
From the team behind Riverside Korean Restaurant comes a new culinary creation specializing in chicken and beer.
Although chicken and beer are found inside most any restaurant, Chimaek’s Asian influenced flavors are a step above traditional fried chicken. Guests can choose from traditional bone in wings or tenders with six different Asian inspired sauces to choose from, including Sriracha Bourbon — a perfect mix of Asian and Kentucky inspiration.
For patrons looking to expand their beer palate beyond Bud and Miller (they do offer those as well), Chimaek offers Asian beers, like local collaboration Rhinegeist Wokstar from Rhinegeist Brewery and Oriental Wok, and global beers like Stiegl Radlers.
Their cocktails and waffle fries are not as well known but are must-orders for first time Chimaek guests. They can seat up to 38 guests for those wanting a sit down service, but Chimaek also offers carryout — a perfect option this March Madness season.
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