Mount Pleasant Specialty
1863 Ontario St., Mount Pleasant
Open through the spring only, founder—and former architect—Alicia started brewing kombucha as a relaxing hobby and healthy beer alternative. In 2015, Alicia’s pastime moved onto the bricks-and-mortar incarnation that is Oddity Kombucha. The flavors are all derived from local ingredients, and range from classic ginger to jasmine and elderberry, all served out of taps into quaint glass bottles. The space itself is pared-back and serene, just a few stools at the counter and no additional decoration.
Earnest Ice Cream
1829 Quebec St., Mount Pleasant
There’s nothing whimsical or cute about Earnest Ice Cream; instead, the space is clean and modern, with a white tile counter and polished stone floors. While the usual suspects (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry) are certainly available, Earnest is where you go to try something unusual, like elderflower-or spruce-flavored ice cream. Each flavor—made in small batches—is creamy perfection, and pints come packaged in returnable (and reusable) glass jars as part of the company’s commitment to zero waste.