The Fremont Coffee Company lives in a big, craftsman style house, featuring one tiny little sun room, and a beautiful veranda that wraps around well over half of the building. Even on days when it rains, you can take to one of the wicker chairs with your coffee and watch the world swirl by, still feeling like it might only be a passing afternoon rainstorm in the venerated tradition of a deep South summer.
Chris Webb is a man on a mission. The co-owner of Fremont Coffee brews his own ginger beer in the coffee shop's basement and sells it in cool-looking recycled bottles with the labels torn off. You feel like you're drinking contraband, as though the government had suddenly outlawed soda pop and Webb is your friendly neighborhood bootlegger. Sometimes tragedy strikes and the supply runs out, and then you'll be thankful that Webb also owns Real Soda in Real Bottles, a mail-order company specializing in sodas from the days before high-fructose corn syrup, and that he makes a point to stock the coffee shop with nostalgic sodas like Bubble Up, Moxie, and Sioux City Root Beer.—Anna Roth