Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Cream & Sugar Cafe, which was voted as Lagniappe's best coffeehouse for the 2013 Nappie Awards, might give off the impression of just being a quaint little house from the outside, but on the inside, its a whole different story. Chefs specialize in gourmet cafe fare, such as the crabmeat and goat cheese quiche on a pecan crust or the house's seafood gumbo poured over a plate of grits. To complement these entrees, they prepare drinks with the house's manual Italian espresso machine and create unique delicacies such as their signature cake balls. They make these bite-size delicacies in numerous flavors, and even incorporate liquor for spiked sweets perfect for any adult party. The decor is bright and retro, with a rustic wood plank and marble bar, chalkboards scribbled on with colorful chalk, and vintage pastry display cases.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
in 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s Frozen Yogurt & Treats. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shop, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shop got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Cafe J serves a hearty menu of midday offerings prepared in house from fresh ingredients. The house-made chicken salad weaves white-meat chicken, chopped nuts, veggies, and grapes into an edible tapestry of flavor constructed with a Jacquard loom ($6.95), and the Ultimate grilled-cheese sandwich stacks three cheeses between sourdough slices ($5.95). Lunchers can augment the gooey concoction with a choice of five sides and a crispiness-enhancing option to add bacon ($1). The classic club sandwich delivers a savory dose of deli cuts ($7.95), and rotating daily specials include a main dish and veggie sides. A children’s menu sates pint-sized appetites as parents bask in Cafe J’s warm, unhurried atmosphere characterized by curtained windows, French Country décor, and elegant stone statues of Mr. T.
4 Seasons Salon's advanced equipment has bronzed bodies with UV and UV-free tanning services and the tanning salon is Smart Tan-certified. Formerly known as Unique Tan, the salon fosters sun-kissed glows with an array of beds, including the lay-down Open Sun and the standup Starship, as well as the sunless Mystic Tan booth and custom airbrush tanning, applied by Michelle Owen who has over 9 years of experience. The company's knowledgeable staff kicks off tanning journeys by chatting with clients about their preferred hues. Red-light therapy and massage therapy sessions soothe bodies, and Fit body wrap treatments are available to reduce cellulite, speed up metabolism, and detoxify the body. The stores also stock lotions, such as Designer Skin and Devoted Creations' Collagenetics line, which boasts anti-aging effects.