Fort Lauderdale's Alternative Crowd Flocks to Undergrounds Coffeehaus

The wafts of patchouli incense and bluesy acoustic guitar beats emerge from Underground Coffeehaus. Over the years, the joint has attracted Fort Lauderdale's tattooed and skinny-jean crowd with coffee concoctions topped with whip cream and sprinkles, and over 40 flavors of tatter tots.

Putting a pale cyan streak of hair behind her ear, owner Aileen Liptak smirks at her boyfriend, co-owner Brett Combs. He smiles back, twirling his handlebar mustache.

"He's a boy who likes to drink coffee, and I'm a girl who likes to make it," Liptak says holding eye contact with her beau.

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