Tree City Coffee & Pastry

Written by Alyssa Morlacci on . Posted in Food & Drink

Address: 135 E. Erie St.

Phone: 330-673-5522

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Web: www.rootedinkent.com

Food: Breakfast sandwiches, served on bread, bagels or biscuits. Bakery items including loaves of bread, danishes, biscuits, muffins, scones cinnamon rolls and biscotti. Pastries and daily pastry specials on cupcakes, cookies or brownies.

Drinks: Espresso, coffee (hot or iced), tea, hot chocolates, frozen drinks.

Price: $

The up: On-the-go pastries and coffee or espresso thanks to the Tree City drive thru, yes, DRIVE THRU.

The down: What makes Tree City better than Starbucks? Hmm...

Our call: "A Kent-customized cup of coffee"

Tree City completes the squirrely, acorn-themed downtown. Wire branches sprouting from a fireplace, tree trunks as end tables and a maple latte await you at Tree City Coffee and Pastry. The business spread its roots to Kent in January 2012. Jason Turnidge, former Kent State architecture professor, helped create a modern, nature-themed coffee shop. Cupcakes and pastries, made from scratch or brought in from Taproot Catering contain zero preservatives and taunt customers from a lit case beside the cash register. If caffeine and sweets don’t do the job, bottles of wine are displayed on shelves along the back wall and are available for purchase. Some nights, the shop hosts wine tasting, joined by performances from local bands.