For anyone who's bored of Starbucks, tired of standardized experience, and happy to support independent, creative business . . .
Flower Flour on Willow Street, between Lincoln and Bird Avenues in Willow Glen, San Jose. The bakery is astoundingly good . . . we're talking about baking as an art.
The coffee is excellent, and the place itself is lovely. Half of it is a florist shop, and seating is at garden tables surrounded by green plants, flower orchids, and cut flowers.
The owner says it's a one-stop for wedding planning with bouquets and the wedding cake all in one, but don't wait for a grand occasion . . .we had mid-morning coffee and it was simply a delightful way to undo what we had done at the gym.