Owner and clinical nutritionist Judie Boothe stocks Fountain of Health's shelves with a bounty of products for nourishing bodies and boosting immune systems. Cereal bars from Nature's Choice replenish spent calories with tongue-charming flavor combinations such as cherry and strawberry ($4.35, box of 6). For a boost of postworkout power or a first step toward the astronaut lifestyle, a Balanced high-protein chocolate drink can add discipline to rogue amino acids ($2.99), and younger self-caretakers invigorate their constitutions with Bluebonnet Nutrition multi-vitamins ($14.50, one-month supply). After working on inner well-being, health zealots can care for their exteriors with Reviva ultra-rich moisturizer ($10.99) or Rachel Perry bee pollen-jojoba moisturizer cream ($12.99), which help faces become smoother and more brilliant than Lincoln playing the jazz saxophone.
Cookies by Design’s lovely and lustful arrangements fulfill all the potential a cookie has from the day it’s planted as a seed to the day it’s shucked from its stalk. The cookie bouquet swaps out inedible daffodils for seven brightly decorated sugar cookies. The straightforward, classic cookie basket arrives in a similarly artful fashion with a dozen gourmet cookies, two of which can be personalized with hand-crafted, edible adornments.
Though cloaked in a velvety chocolate shell, the shape is unmistakable—a tail curved into a half-moon, claws frozen mid-snap. It’s definitely a scorpion. And, if the opinions of the chocolate summer camp’s 8-year-old gourmands can be trusted, it’s also delicious.
Though Schakolad Chocolate Factory owners DeRima and Gary Johnson have been trained in meticulous European chocolate-making techniques that date back three generations, they encourage playfulness and experimentation at their shop. For example, chocolate-making events empower chocolate aficionados to experiment with flavor combinations, and Ms. Johnson recently unveiled chocolate quesadillas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The chocolatiers are also happy to customize orders, from scribing messages atop glossy chocolate bars to creating chocolate molds that match the circumferences of customers’ mouths.
Mama Krusty taught her 13 children to memorize her family's famous kolache recipes, just as her father taught her to do at his bakery in Czechoslovakia. Carrying on the tradition at Kolache Cafe & Baking Company, 1 of Krusty's 13 students fills bakers' racks with pastries made by following that long-remembered formula. Inside the café, red walls surround glossy wooden tabletops, and a long rectangular rug emblazoned with Kolache Cafe's logo leads up to the cash register and chalkboards bearing a written menu of kolaches. Each golden pastry is crowned with sweet or savory ingredients including sweet chocolate cream cheese, blueberry, and jalapeño cream cheese with bacon, and signature stuffed kolache pockets surround their cargo with a pastry shell, like a backpack carved out of a large flaky biscuit. Cake bites in flavors such as tiramisu and key lime wait to ride waves of Peet's coffee or fountain drinks into hungry mouths.
The staff at Jiggle Berry Juice Bar takes juicing very seriously; they know that timing is vital in the juicing process, as valuable enzymes and nutrients perish within hours of being exposed to open air. Bent on serving the healthiest concoctions, the skilled servers squeeze fresh fruits and vegetable within minutes of their customer's order, and pack lactose-free smoothies with natural sweeteners and a choice of more than 11 boosts. The team even grows their own wheat grass, which they regularly trim and serenade with soft jazz music.
Starting with only a single ice shaver and a hand-built hut, Bahama Buck's has expanded its icy empire to include a menu loaded with arctic indulgences and more than 91 gourmet flavors of Sno. Dessertsmiths drizzle complex flavors such as tangy kiwi, sweet sugar cookie, and emotionally ambivalent tutti frutti over fluffy mounds of pulverized ice to create Sno cones ($2.69+).