6/13/2013 01:56:00 PM

Down Dog Healing Cafe: Coffee, Tea and Tonics in the Italian Market

The corner shop at 10th and Carpenter just west of the Italian Market has had some trouble keeping a tenant recently - a string of coffee shops lasted just months each. Down Dog Healing Cafe, however, brings a solid restaurant background and a clear vision to the spot. We first heard about it a month ago from Glamorosi, but finally stopped in to try a cup of coffee and a few sips of “rejuvenating tonics” this morning.

Proprietor Kei Kurimoto spent the past five years helping her father manage Chinatown’s Yakitori Boy, and when she saw the turnkey cafe space waiting for someone to take it over, she couldn’t resist. She’s serving brewed One Village coffee (no espresso drinks) along with several teas and tea blends from Aromabliss, a local purveyor.

Supporting local companies is a huge mission for Kurimoto, and pastries sold in the shop come from Amish bakers at Reading Terminal Market. Housemade soups and salads will be introduced soon, mostly using produce from the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-Op. She currently uses honey and syrups from the co-op to make a line of rejuvenating tonics, summer sips that are like natural Gatorade.

We tried the “Immune Boost” - fresh-squeezed lemonade with raw honey, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger -and could swear our allergies disappeared right away. In any case, it was refreshing and tasty. Head over to try it yourself from 7 AM-7 PM, Monday-Friday, 8 AM-7 PM, Saturday or 8 AM-6 PM Sunday.

1001 S. 10th St.; 215-305-8201

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