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Nicholson’s MusiCafe

Jul 10, 2013 03:30AM ● By Style

Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

Coffee and music are a match made in heaven, so when the venerable Nicholson Music Co.

—which harks back to 1985—spread their business wings and opened Nicholson’s MusiCafe in the space next door earlier this year, it was welcomed with warm applause. Inside the walls splashed with local art, the shop caters to caffeine addicts (typical hot and iced espresso drinks are served, along with pour-over drip coffee), stomachs looking for sustenance (the fresh-made sandwiches and locally baked pastries all rock—no pun intended) and folks hungry for music (free ukulele classes, open mic nights and live music are on tap weekly). Whenever an afternoon slump hits, one of the café’s Blended Chocolate Peanut Butter Lattes and Cloud Cookies provides the fuel necessary to power me through the day. Two shots of espresso, vanilla ice cream, Torani chocolate sauce and peanut butter—all whirled together with ice—results in a recipe for success (and alertness). Cold, creamy and packed with a punch of protein, it’s equally sweet as it is satiating. The aptly named cloud cookie is just as dreamy: light and airy with a subtle chocolaty richness. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, follow the sound of music and the smell of coffee through Nicholson’s doors. Nicholson’s MusiCafe, 632 East Bidwell Street, Folsom. 916-984-3020,