Eclectic and cozy, Trend nestles in an 1860 building downtown. Seating options include nooks with couches.
Dimitry Banjanski, who immigrated to the U.S. from Macedonia in 2000 at age 28, took over the café in 2012. He revamped the interior, hanging paintings and photographs (for sale) by artists around the country. He organizes events, he says, to create a vibe like the cafés he knew growing up in Europe. After a pandemic hiatus, a 12-hour annual event called Trend Fest returns in October. Banjanski, a guitarist, often plays at the café.
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Trend offers sweet and savory French crêpes, omelets and quiches, including vegan and gluten-free options. Italian pastries are made by a local first-generation Italian-American chef. Desserts range from tiramisu to strawberry cheesecake to red-velvet cake—all under $5 per portion. Vegan pastries also are available. Specialties include Nutella latte and organic turmeric chai latte (chai made in-house). All drinks are available hot or iced, with choice of milks. Trend also serves soft drinks and slushies. CBD in daily-dose packets can be added to any drink. (CBD products are also for sale; $23–$80.)
Trend bakes its own apple pies. Electrical outlets and Wi-Fi are available. Trained as an engineer, Banjanski says hospitality “is more natural for me. You try to make people comfortable, not just take their money.”Click here to leave a comment
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