Book Club Cafe: From Coffee to Craft Beer

From house-roasted coffee to craft beer, the Book Club Cafe offers a beverage for every taste. What's more, this beloved spot in Rockwall also dishes out fresh fare crafted using contemporary techniques and local, organic ingredients. The combination is enough to earn Book Club Cafe raves from many local fans.

Stop by in the morning to sit down and enjoy a handcrafted espresso with one of the breakfast dishes, such as the STOMP omelet (with spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and peppers) or an "Ol Skool Staple" such as The Betty: a pancake with two eggs and bacon or sausage on the side. If you come in after work, sink your teeth into a juicy house-made burger, or try one of the equally gourmet hot dogs. Add a craft beer or glass of wine for the full Book Club Cafe experience.

Fresh Asian Fare Awaits at Summer Roll

If you're a fan of Asian fare but not of waiting 30 minutes for a meal, then Summer Roll in Rowlett might be your ideal lunch or dinner spot. Only having recently opened its doors, the eatery already boasts a fan base in the area thanks to its quick-serve approach and signature spring rolls.

Customers are invited to build their own meal starting with the Summer Roll (or spring roll) as a base or a bowl of noodles or salad. After picking your favorite, add the fruits and veggies you like from a list that includes everything from peppers and tomatoes to pineapple and mango. Then add a protein such as barbecue pork, bulgogi Korean beef, curry tofu, or shrimp. Finally, select a sauce that suits your taste. Will you be visiting this local eatery this week?

Get Creative at Art’s a Blast

Artist Shay Cronin has been honing her craft for more than three decades, but it was only recently that she decided to debut her own business, Art's a Blast. With the help of other local artists and art teachers, Shay launched this endeavor in order to bring fun painting classes to the residents of Rockwall.

The studio hosts everything from private classes for adults to camps for kids. Regardless of the audience, Shay and her team conceive fun, engaging painting classes that result in take-home pieces ready to hang on your wall. Don't worry if you haven't picked up a paintbrush in a few years. Art's a Blast's teachers can easily instruct and help you through the process of painting one step at a time.

Sample Frozen Sweet Treats at Sweet Frog

One of the most celebrated chains of frozen yogurt in your area is definitely Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt. With a location in the heart of Rockwall—and just a short trip from Orion Rockwall—it’s no wonder why the shop is constantly full of true fro-yo lovers sampling the latest greatest creations. The options at Sweet Frog are truly endless, and fro-yo is available in numerous flavors, from cheesecake and cotton candy to chocolate and tart. There is also a selection of dairy-free fro-yo and sugar-free fro-yo available here.

And since it isn’t a true fro-yo experience without tons of toppings, you'll want to add some treats to the top of your dish, whether it's fruit, chocolates, sweet sauces, or gummy candies. The Rockwall location of this popular outpost is open daily, and it even stays open until 11 p.m. (as opposed to its regular 10 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday nights. Satisfy any dessert cravings with a visit to Sweet Frog!

Treat Yourself to a Day at Every Body Massage Rockwall

At Every Body Massage Rockwall, the staff tailor treatments to each individual. So no matter what kind of stress you're holding onto after a week of work, or whether you're looking for a simple cleansing facial or a full-body wrap, you'll be able to find the perfect option at Every Body Massage.

There are more than 10 different massage options on the menu, including the classic Swedish massage, characterized by gentle pressure. For something more lavish, upgrade to a hot stone massage. It actually uses heat from water-smoothed rocks to ease your muscles before the massage even begins. If you're interested in even more doting, add on a facial or a full-body hydrating wrap and enjoy a full day of pampering at Every Body Massage Rockwall.

Do Happy Hour or Weekend Brunch at Culpepper Steak House

When you want to unwind after a long day of work, Culpepper Steak House is the perfect place to do just that in Rockwall. Drinks and bites are discounted in the bar and lounge from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, making this eatery a great spot to visit on your way home.

Order a glass of wine, a well drink, or a beer for just a few bucks and pair it with an app like the pork potstickers or the spinach and artichoke dip. You can even grab a full-sized salad or one of the several entrees at special happy hour prices. Another popular time to check out Culpepper is during Sunday brunch. That's probably because the chef whips up a special menu that includes many lavish options. For instance, you can dig into a seven-ounce sirloin steak paired with two eggs, any style, or try the three cinnamon Texas French toast drizzled with maple syrup. Will you be visiting Culpepper Steak House soon?

A Piece of Cake: Decadent Confections for Every Occasion

A pretty pink, flowery cake celebrating the arrival of a new member of the family. A lavish, three-tiered cake in honor of a special day. The bakers at A Piece of Cake have crafted all of these unique confections and more, and they're willing to take on any challenge, so remember this local shop before your next party.

The bakers here always have time to perfect each custom-designed cake they make. From the whimsical to the classic and contemporary, they have a way of handcrafting confections that simply outshine store-bought desserts. A Piece of Cake now offers flavors ranging from almond to Italian cream to pineapple, so there is sure to be something for every taste here.

Kayak Instruction, Inc.: For Rentals and More

There’s nothing quite like being on the water. It’s a great way to exercise and get fresh air, but if you’re unfamiliar with how to paddle out, don’t go it alone: Kayak Instruction, Inc. is here to help. This organization, headquartered at Miller Road in Rowlett, aims to make sure everyone is safe and happy on the water, allowing guests to enjoy a truly unique experience.

Kayak Instruction offers a variety of ways for you to enjoy the water. One- and two-person kayaks, pedal-powered fishing kayaks, and stand up paddleboards are all available here, each paired with sufficient instruction to ensure you won’t get stuck. Moreover, the staff offers courses for every skill level, each one taught by instructors who are certified by the American Canoe Association. Be sure to check it out!

Go Gluten- or Meat-Free at Mellow Mushroom

Historically, gluten-free eaters and vegans had to steer clear of pizzerias, but the Mellow Mushroom seeks to change all that qe6djic. That's why this fun, funky chain of pizza eateries offers options that are completely free of animal products and all gluten, making them appropriate for anyone who walks in.

The Mellow Mushroom in Rockwall offers a second gluten-free menu that's just as impressive as the original. From the Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomato, spinach, and feta to the House Special with tons of meat and veggies, there are more than a handful of gourmet pies gluten-free eaters can try, and they're all piled atop a vegan and gluten-free crust. Any of the pizza can be made vegan when you opt for Daiya cheese and the vegan crust, just so long as you skip the meat! Come in for a gluten- or meat-free pizza during happy hour, when you can also grab half-price apps and discounted beers, wines, and cocktails!

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